More than a half-dozen Democrats running for president officially endorse the misguided notion of paying “reparations” to those whose distant ancestors were enslaved more than 150 years ago.
The New York Times recently explained that of 47 million Americans who identify as “African American,” only 30 million would receive payments—based on proof that an ancestor had lived in the pre-emancipation South.
This means Barack Obama would not receive reparations, because his father was born in Kenya, and his ancestors hadn’t been enslaved. But because Michelle Obama did have slave ancestors, the President’s daughters would qualify for payoffs.
Does this make any sense? Sasha and Malia grew up in wealth and luxury—why should they get compensation when their father, raised in much harsher circumstances, would not?
Obama, by the way, opposes reparations. He’s right. It’s an un-American idea that judges people on ancestry, not achievement, and will doom the Dems if they keep backing the concept.Read More »