This week, House Democrats sponsored a hearing in the Judiciary Committee about the need for America to pay reparations to the black community in response for the nation’s ugly history of slavery. The hearing, which at times devolved into choruses of jeers for anyone who spoke out against the ludicrous plan to implement such a scheme, invited testimony from pro-reparations speakers like Ta-Nahesi Coates and actor Danny Glover.
The point of the hearing was to virtue-signal to black voters and “woke” white liberals that the Democrats are The Party of Righteousness. Er, sorry, the point was to debate H.R. 40, a bill sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), which would create a commission to study the question of whether America owes reparations to black people.
“The role of the federal government in supporting the institution of slavery and subsequent discrimination directed against blacks is an injustice that must be formally acknowledged and addressed,” Jackson-Lee said. “I just simply ask: Why not and why not now?”
But most Republicans disagreed. In remarks to the press on Tuesday, Senate Majoriry Leader Mitch McConnell said he wasn’t on board with the plan for reparations.
“I think we’re always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate,” he said. “No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea.”
His stance was echoed by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), who was roundly booed by Democrats for stating some obvious truths.
“Putting aside the injustice of monetary reparations from current taxpayers for the sins of a small subset of Americans from many generations ago, the fair distribution of reparations would be nearly impossible when one considers the complexity of the American struggle to abolish slavery,” he said. “These measures would almost certainly be unconstitutional on their face.”
The most powerful commentary of the day, though, came from former NFL star Burgess Owens, who said that if Democrats wanted to hold someone responsible for the plight of African-Americans, they should begin by looking in the mirror.
“How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race, and those who after they learn our history decide to stay there, and every white American, Republican or Democrat that feels guilty because of their white skin should need to pony up also — that way we can get past this reparation and recognize that this country has given us greatness,” he said.
Ah, but the last thing today’s Democrats want to do is talk about their KKK, segregationist-riddled past. No, they want to talk about throwing money at yet another problem – even if it’s one they’ve created in their own minds.