Rebuttal to David Brooks
There is a growing call for reparations to African Americans for slavery in the United States.
The government would be required to pay African Americans to make restitution for slavery.
Democratic presidential candidates are jumping on board. The plan has support from Kamala Harris, Pocahontas (Elizabeth Warren) and Julian Castor.
Slavery was perhaps the darkest part of our history. It was evil and should never have happened.
However, that doesn’t justify making payments to people who have never been enslaved themselves.
It was their ancestors who were the ones enslaved. Slavery ended 150 years ago in a war in which over 600,000 Americans died — mostly white men, to procure their freedom.
The chorus for reparations just grew louder. The New York Times token Conservative, David Brooks, wrote a column endorsing the idea of reparation payments. He had previously been opposed to the idea but has had a change of heart. His article is titled “The Case for Reparations.”
I have several issues with Brooks’ column.
First, Brooks starts out by writing, “The racial divide is born out of sin. We don’t talk about sin much in the public square any more. But I don’t think one can grasp the full amplitude of racial injustice without invoking the darkest impulses of human nature.”
We don’t talk about sin because the left won’t let us talk about anything related with religion. Sin is a religious idea, and there is an effort to silence Christians in this country.
The second point he makes here is insulting to millions of Americans. The implication is that Americans are ignorant about the horrific history of slavery. If you don’t acknowledge “racial injustice” in America today, then you obviously are ignorant of history.
Raise your hand if you never learned about slavery in school.
I am assuming no one just raised their hand.
Brooks drags out a quote from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural speech to make his point: “Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said 3,000 years ago, so still it must be said “the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
Um, pretty sure Lincoln isn’t advocating for paying the ancestors of slaves. He is referencing the Bible and how we would have received God’s wrath had we continued the institution of slavery. It’s a reference to the stories of the Old Testament.
Nice try, David. Maybe you ought to dust off that Bible.
He goes on: “That injury shows up today as geographic segregation, the gigantic wealth gap, the lack of a financial safety net, but also the lack of the psychological and moral safety net that comes when society has a history of affirming: You belong. You are us. You are equal.”
There it is: proof that Brooks isn’t a Conservative. He is making the case often made by the left: All inequalities can be traced back to slavery and segregation.
If black people are poor and commit crimes, it must be because their ancestors were slaves. They started behind their white peers.
This isn’t 1860 or 1960 — it is 2019. African Americans have the same rights as white Americans. We have come a long way on race relations in this country. This is just an excuse.
Then Brooks plays the identity politics card: “We’re a nation coming apart at the seams, a nation in which each tribe has its own narrative and the narratives are generally resentment narratives.
The African-American experience is somehow at the core of this fragmentation — the original sin that hardens the heart, separates Americans from one another and serves as model and fuel for other injustices.”
You can blame the left for this tribal mentality. The left has been trying to put people in a box based on their racial and gender identity. Conservatives judge the person by individual merit, not racial identity. It is about personal virtues, not personal grievances.
Brooks is saying, because we had slavery 150 years ago, we are divided today.
This is an absurd claim. Unless you can find a slave and slave master who found the fountain of youth and are still living, then I would reconsider my thesis.
The actions of those who lived centuries ago has no bearing on the individual actions of those living today. We have abdicated the virtue of personal responsibility in this country. If you do something wrong or are lazy, then it is someone else’s fault — not our own. That is what the left preaches these days.
Slave reparations are just another way to pass the buck for one’s own actions.
The idea of reparations is insulting to the ancestors who were property of another human. They are the ones who suffered. It is not the responsibility of hard-working tax payers to make restitution for this historical wrong.
Brooks has fallen into the leftist victimhood trap. Unfortunately, it’s catching a lot of people these days.