If it were any year but 2020, I would be surprised to hear that the co-founder of the Black Entertainment Television channel—the first African American billionaire, might I add—would actually advocate for reparations. But it is 2020, so I’m not the least bit shocked as the Left slowly destroys American culture.
Yes – I think reparations add to the destruction of America as we know it.
Not because I don’t think slavery was a terrible thing—I do, and most Americans agree. Rather, it would be detrimental to enforce reparations because it makes whites pay for something that they personally were never responsible for. If whites have to forcibly pay for what their ancestors may or may not have been part of, it will surely cause resentment toward blacks, resulting in a revamp of 1960s racism all over again.
Obviously, some people are more caught up in the delusional virtue-signaling aspect of calling for reparations, like BET co-founder Robert Johnson. In a slew of recent June interviews, Johnson got on national television to promote reparations for blacks and say that Black Lives Matter should become a political party. Johnson’s comments were somewhat mixed, as he also condemned the Democratic Party, Joe Biden’s “you ain’t black” comment, and the “white guilt” narrative the Left is pushing.
What he must not realize is that BLM and the radical Left are one and the same. Remember when BLM was exposed for funneling money to Biden’s campaign just weeks ago? And here we have Robert Johnson telling black voters that BLM should be its own political party, but also saying “don’t vote for Joe Biden.”
Johnson revealed to Fox News that he believes white America owes blacks $14 TRILLION dollars in reparations to “atone” for the injustice of the past. Apparently, under his plan, about 40 million blacks would get $350,000 in direct cash payments over 30 years to pay for the wealth disparity between them and whites. It would cost individual taxpayers about $2900 per year to pay for it.
This ludicrous idea is offensive. There are millions of whites in America that never had family roots in slavery. In case he forgot, many whites immigrated here from all over the world. Not every white person in America today is descended from a slave owner in the South. It would be impossible to track down whose ancestors were responsible and who were not, besides the important fact that no one living ever had anything to do with slavery.
Is Johnson simply trying to make himself seem supportive of the modern black community?
Just two years ago, in April 2018, Johnson did an interview with CNBC in which he praised the Trump administration for its efforts to help the black community. In the interview, he contended, “You’ve never seen African-American unemployment this low and the spread between African-Americans and whites narrowing.” Johnson continued praising Trump’s economic policies and strides for blacks, “I believe that if you take into account the Trump tax cut, you take into account the drop in unemployment and particularly unemployment for African-Americans, it’s the lowest it’s ever been in history.”
In reference to the opportunity zones, Johnson also argued, “And you take into account the fact that interest rates are fairly stable, they will probably drift up… And I think the business community is committed to reinvest capital that they get from some of the tax advantages and that as a result of that.”
So, why the sudden switch? Why go from praising Trump’s economy, historic low unemployment for blacks, and opportunity zones to saying that BLM should be its own political party and blacks need $14 trillion in reparations?
None of it makes sense. I suppose the most logical answer would be social pressure, the cancel culture that is plaguing all our traditional American brands and businesses. With blacks in the spotlight, I can see how it would be particularly important for the founder of BET to take a hardline stance siding with his race. However, someone needs to take a stand against the mob. No one has a backbone anymore and we’re losing our country because of it.
Where’s Kanye West when we need him?