Warren Jumps Aboard the Reparations Train

Warren Jumps Aboard the Reparations Train

Warren Jumps Aboard the Reparations Train

Can I just say it here? Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the 2020 election season’s most awkward candidate. And she proved it again on Thursday when she told the New York Times that she supports reparations for black Americans because of 19th century slavery.

As you recall, Warren fell off the Victim Express last year when she found out that she wasn’t really part Cherokee, and that those “family stories” from her “mamaw and papaw” were bogus.

But now she’s trying to get her cred back with the Identity Politics crowd by boarding the Reparations Train, along with Sen. Kamala Harris:

“We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences, including undermining the ability of black families to build wealth in America for generations. We need systemic, structural changes to address that.”

Did Warren provide any specifics as to how she would provide reparations? Nope. However, her campaign does support home-buying assistance for residents of poor non-white neighborhoods. She also supports universal child care.

I’m not sure how that directly relates to 19th century slavery; however, it’s obvious that Warren is blatantly pandering to black voters. And for Princess Paleface-With-High-Cheekbones it’s an awkward move. But self-awareness has never been her strong suit.

However, Sen. Kamala Harris is pandering, too. After all, even if she claims to be a “person of color,” she’s not exactly down for the struggle. Her Indian mother was a cancer researcher and her father is an economics professor at Stanford University. She’s so high atop the social food chain in San Francisco that a local journalist wrote “her Brahmin background accounts for her ease around wealthy, powerful people.”

But, as the saying goes, “Money talks, cash walks, nobody balks,” while these two poseurs duke it out by offering goodies to blacks.

Watch Tucker Carlson and Mark Steyn critique Warren and Harris:

But there’s more to this shtick than mere vote pandering. With their promotion of reparations, Harris and Warren both demonstrate their contempt for capitalism. It’s not enough for blacks to have opportunity, they say — because of the past, they will never ever gain economic parity with whites.

As a writer for The Intercept wrote:

“. . .how can black Americans, first enslaved and then legally barred from participating in capitalism for the overwhelming majority of this country’s history, begin to catch up with a systemic adjustment to the system?

The answer is we can’t. There will be no racial equality under capitalism.”

We get it. Capitalism bad, socialism good. And socialism and government handouts are the only way for blacks to become equal with whites, according to folks like Elizabeth Warren.

And there’s precedent, too, say reparations supporters. They point to Germany, which has paid out over $89 billion to Holocaust survivors. Moreover, here in the US, President Ronald Reagan apologized for nation’s internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, initially paying over $1 billion to over 800,000 victims.

Oh, and lest we forget — Democrat saint President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the one who brought about those internment camps.

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Eleanor Roosevelt at Japanese internment camp. National Archives/Public domain.

But there’s a huge difference: there are still Holocaust survivors living, along with those Japanese-Americans. Many of their children are also living. However, as Mark Steyn pointed out in the video, there are no living grandchildren of slaves.

Moreover, didn’t the United States fight a civil war which abolished slavery? What other nation has done that?

So how would the proposals of Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris work? Would all blacks receive reparation payments — even those who, like President Obama’s father, came from Africa? Then there’s Kamala Harris herself — her father is not a descendent of Southern slaves. Does she get some goodies from the government, too?

Moreover, how does a black person identify themselves as descended from slaves? Perhaps all those applying should be required to trace their ancestry to a slave ancestor — like the Daughters of the American Revolution prove they’ve descended from a Revolutionary War soldier. I can see a whole cottage industry of fraudulent family trees springing up to prove slave ancestry.

And speaking of ancestry, what about whites whose forebears never had anything to do with slavery? There are millions of us with grandparents and great-grandparents who came through Ellis Island. There are also many of us whose ancestors lived entirely in northern states — even fought for the North in the Civil War. Should they be responsible for paying these amounts?

Reparations will not heal broken school systems in inner cities, nor repair social dysfunction. Nor will they reduce crime or raise incomes among poor black Americans. Moreover, foisting reparation payments upon citizens whose families had nothing to do with slavery, or even Jim Crow laws in the South, will do nothing except exacerbate racial tensions. But Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris think that jumping aboard that Reparations Train is how you win primaries. This is sheer race-hustling at its worst.

Featured image: cropped from National Library of Wales. CC0 1.0 Universal.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Jim says:

    What about reparations for me due to my ancestors in Britain being invaded and enslaved by the Romans, then the Norsemen./Vikings and also those damned Normans in 1066?

    As for Black US slaves many were sold into slavery by fellow African tribes and Arab slavers. Why should the current US population grant reparations to people who are not actually victims – except in their own minds due to the indoctrination they are receiving at the hands of the Democrats/Socialist Left? In Australia we spend $A 30 Billion per annum to support the population of 500,000 aborigines, pure or part-bred and nothing changes with them as they operate as a [very successful] victim enterprise. They are happy being paid ”sit-down” money.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      Thanks Jim. That’s a very interesting take from Down Under.

      (And BTW — my eldest daughter is heading your way next month to conduct a photography seminar in Melbourne, along with an Australian colleague. She’s very excited!)

  • Toni Williams says:

    Kim – None of my ancestors in the South EVER owned slaves. And, there were an awful lot of Yankees who owned slaves. ☺

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      Toni — you’re right, most Southerners did not own slaves. I think the Northerners who did own slaves were mostly in border states who fought for the Union.

      • At the time of the war? Yes.

        Before that… By the time that importation was banned in 1808, two out of every five households in New York City owned slaves, and one fifth of the population were slaves. NYC was surpassed in this statistic only by Charleston, SC.

        Even after the war, the majority opinion in the North was that blacks should not be slaves, and they were PROBABLY human beings – but certainly not the equals of proper whites. (They had plenty of company in that category, as the same view was held of the Irish, Italians, and anyone of the various Slavic ethnicities.)

        This attitude, sadly, lives on in the “Democratic” Party. One cannot otherwise explain their constant refrain that blacks are not capable of surviving without their tutelage, and that their chosen “representatives” of the black race could be participants in a comedy show put on for Massa and Missa on the lawn of the big house. (A very poor comedy show. Amos ‘n Andy would have been ashamed of them.)

  • F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Presidential Proclamation 2526 provided for internment of Germans.
    Presidential Proclamation 2527 provided for internment of Italians.

    The militant Moslems in Congress today are no threat?
    It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

    Ayn Rand — ‘We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.’

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      My mother’s parents, ethnic Germans from Lithuania, were both naturalized citizens, but my grandmother became a citizen in November, 1941 — less than a month before Pearl Harbor. Just in time, it seems.

      That didn’t stop the FBI from paying them a visit, though. Which is more scrutiny than Rep. Omar & Co. will get.

  • GWB says:

    As someone else has said:
    I will gladly pay reparations to the family of any slave I or my parents or grandparents held in bondage.
    What I will NOT do is pay for someone else’s crime and have that money go to people who were not a victim of it.

  • GWB says:

    including undermining the ability of black families to build wealth in America for generations.
    That would actually be WELFARE and other wonderful pieces of gov’t nannyhood from the Great Society.

    We need systemic, structural changes to address that.
    Hey! I agree with Sen Warren! We should eliminate all the un- and extra-Constitutional federal programs, agencies and bureaus.

    because of the past
    This is why rags-to-riches stories are never told anymore. Honestly, when was the last time you heard someone praised for rising up from poverty to invent something or achieve greatness? It seemed to stop altogether when Ben Carson threw his hat in the ring for President in 2016, but it was dwindling long before that. Because if Horatio Alger can make it, then individuals in the various victim groups might get uppity or something.

    begin to catch up
    But that’s not what you mean. Because by the 1950s, blacks had largely *begun* to catch up. What you want is end-result-equality, and you want it NOW. Well, that’s not how this works.
    (BTW, it’s never really equality while you’re getting a thumb on the scale. It’s just pretend.)

    initially paying over $1 billion to over 800,000 victims.
    Because they were actual VICTIMS.

    how does a black person identify themselves as descended from slaves?
    Oooh! How about a DNA registry of every black in America? We can let the FBI or the IRS run it.
    Anyone else see where that is going to go? It’s not a good place.

    Reparations will not heal broken school systems in inner cities, nor repair their dysfunction.
    But it WILL provide plenty of opportunity for graft and corruption, and some folks will get some very cool bling out of it. I’m sure at least one rapper will be ‘born’ of it.

    exacerbate racial tensions
    Kim, for the Democrats (and other wannabe technocrats ruling over us) is a feature, not a bug.

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