Obama Says “White Resistance” To Blame For Preventing Slave Reparations

Obama Says “White Resistance” To Blame For Preventing Slave Reparations

Obama Says “White Resistance” To Blame For Preventing Slave Reparations

“White resistance,” according to Obama is the key reason why slave reparations weren’t put in place during his eight year tenure at the White House.

During Obama’s new podcast endeavor with Bruce Springsteen, the topic of Bruce’s DWI and the pulled Jeep ad didn’t come up. Instead, after well over an hour of the two of them yukking it up on various and sundry subject, the issue of slave reparations was discussed. 

“Obama said he believes reparations are “justified” and that “there’s not much question that the wealth… the power of this country was built in significant part — not exclusively, maybe not even the majority of it, but a large portion of it — was built on the backs of slaves.”


“And what I saw during my presidency was the politics of White resistance and resentment. The talk of ‘welfare queens’ and the talk of the ‘undeserving’ poor. And the backlash against affirmative action,” Obama said.

“All that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent, meaningful reparations program struck me as, politically, not only a nonstarter but potentially counterproductive.”

Wow. There’s a whole boatload of unity in those statements isn’t there?? 

Let’s see if we have this correct. According to the former President (love typing that by the way), the sole reason why slave reparations weren’t put into place was because of ‘white resistance” from all of us pesky deplorables. Moreover, since we white people hate affirmative action, that also served to put the kibosh on any meaningful chunk of money getting distributed to those who think they were harmed by slavery.

And when I say “think” I mean exactly that. In today’s demographics, exactly how many Americans can point definitively to their family tree and prove that a direct ancestor was a slave? That number is minimal at best. 

Keep in mind, Obama’s stance on reparations was VERY different in 2008. 

““I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say ‘we’ve paid our debt’ and to avoid the much harder work of enforcing our anti-discrimination laws in employment and housing; the much harder work of making sure that our schools are not separate and unequal; the much harder work of providing job training programs and rehabilitating young men coming out of prison every year; and the much harder work of lifting 37 million Americans of all races out of poverty,” he said then, according to The Washington Post.

“These challenges will not go away with reparations,” Obama also said then. “So while I applaud and agree with the underlying sentiment of recognizing the continued legacy of slavery, I would prefer to focus on the issues that will directly address these problems — and building a consensus to do just that.””

Where is all this chatter about slave reparations coming from? In my opinion it started gaining steam again after the execrable 1619 Project showed up at the New York Times, then the Democrats realized they were on the losing side of voters during the 2020 campaign season. After that came the George Floyd riots, Black Lives Matter virtue signaling, a current Vice President signaling she’d “explore the issue” and reparations is front and center again. 

Congressman Burgess Owens continues to argue against slave reparations. 

As Owens, Larry Elder, and many others point out, who pays for this? Will the Democrats sue themselves in order to fork over the money they claim is due today? Not hardly. 

St. Joseph’s University has suspended math professor Gregory Manco for his tweets arguing against slave reparations. 

In my grandparents files, I stumbled across a Wall Street Journal op-ed clipping from May 12, 1969. I’ve been unable to find it online, even at the WSJ. What is interesting is the title. The Doctrine of Ancestral Guilt. As the op-ed pointed out, this doctrine is pervasive and untenable, yet we Americans are supposed to walk around the rest of our days with the shroud of guilt upon us because slavery was part of the American fabric for a period of time. 

As is pointed out here, John F. Kennedy himself was extremely opposed to slave reparations. In his own op-ed, the late Walter Williams argued that slave reparations don’t solve the issue because A. all the slave owners and those enslaved are no longer living, and B. 

“Punishing perpetrators and compensating victims is not what reparations advocates want. They want government to compensate today’s blacks for the bondage suffered by our ancestors. But there’s a problem. Government has no resources of its very own. The only way for government to give one American a dollar is to first — through intimidation, threats and coercion — confiscate that dollar from some other American. Therefore, if anybody cares, a moral question arises. What moral principle justifies punishing a white of today to compensate a black of today for what a white of yesterday did to a black of yesterday?”

The issue of slave reparations will further divide, not bring together Americans. Furthermore, those who advocate for it ignore the very real facts that people don’t want it, and slavery was and is STILL a world-wide issue.

Finally, no single person will benefit directly from slave reparations. No, not a single one will receive a check from the US government. If funds are budgeted, the money will go into a bucket with a committee deciding which group receives what funds…all in the name of fairness. 

Obama, it isn’t “white resistance” that has made slave reparations a non-issue. It is the fact that the reparations won’t ever solve the problem, nor magically make slavery and our American history of slavery non-existent. You know that, but are seeking to create more animosity and division, just because you can.

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  • Dietrich says:

    Former President Barry Hussein Osama-bama, the most irrelevant person today.

  • CaptDMO says:

    White resistance?
    Well, sure. It’s called common sense
    Maybe there’s something TO this White Supremacy I keep hearing black activists talking about!.
    Let’s check the posters at The Smithsonian African[hyphen] American Museum on this.

  • Cameron says:

    The big question that should be brought up every single time (In addition to how this could be paid out) is “Once we pay the money, then what?” Are the race baiters willing to finally admit that we are not the most racist country on Earth? Are they willing to move on from our legacy of slavery?

    We all know what the answer is but it should still be asked.

  • Skillyboo says:

    Reparations, the latest, greatest way out of poverty. Never mind that not getting an education and har work is the proven way out of poverty. Every immigrant who comes to this country does it. Oh, and where’s the money going to come from? Maybe a ‘tax’ on our 401K’s and IRA’s. After all that money was made, in part, on the backs of Blacks who have not gotten jobs that have these investment plans. Just ask Maxine or Sheila or any other Black democrat congressperson.

  • Erasmus says:

    What a pair: Barack Obama, two-term president who whines about being marginalized by racist Americans, and Bruce Springsteen, gazillionaire rock star who writes songs about working in a factory.

  • Scott says:

    Obama has at best a room temperature IQ, and proves it EVERY damn time he opens his mouth.. along with the fact that he’s an America hating racist SOB…

  • alanstorm says:

    “Obama Says “White Resistance” To Blame For Preventing Slave Reparations.”

    Obama also said we could keep our health insurance.

    Sarah Hoyt, writing over at Instapundit, has the best response I’ve seen yet:

    “It’s sane resistance. Sane people know you don’t punish people for sins they didn’t commit to make people who didn’t suffer from those sins feel better.”

  • SDN says:

    “Therefore, if anybody cares, a moral question arises. What moral principle justifies punishing a white of today to compensate a black of today for what a white of yesterday did to a black of yesterday?”

    Someone needs to ask the Constitutional “scholar” how any reparations law is not “a Bill of Attainder” to work “Corruption of Blood” and therefore unconstitutional ON IT’S FACE.

  • Bucky says:

    Have the white folks who voted for BHO in the hopes of calming black resentment and rage awakened yet to the reality that he was and still is an agitator?

    Say the name” Ashli Babbitt!

  • Obama's third term says:

    First time commenting you’ve got a great sight here using speech to text BTW so forgive the misspellings. I’m going to disagree. Any civilization that ever held a Slave for even one day should provide reparations that includes the Roman Empire slavery in the Middle East going back to the very beginnings of the Bible the Aztecs even the native Americans, Muslims, Jewish, idc. Now, this is going to take a while, so we need to get started and should start from the beginning, the first written documentation of slavery.

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    If ‘reparations’ are paid then Obama should pay. He is the descendant of slave traders on his Kenyan father’s side. If that man was his actual father….

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