As the old Dana Carvey Church Lady used to say on Saturday Night Live: “How conveeeeeeeeeeenient!”
Much is being made of San Francisco’s look at reparations. Here’s a CNN headline:
San Francisco leaders show early support for $5 million reparation payments for eligible Black residents
CNN reports this:
CNN — A one-time payment of $5 million to each eligible Black resident is among recommendations unanimously accepted by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors as part of a draft plan by a panel proposing reparations.
The move Tuesday was an intermediate step, with a final report that includes board feedback due in June, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee said, and the board set to meet again on the issue in September.
San Francisco’s ABC7 reported this of Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom:
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — With his signature, Governor Newsom historically made California the first state in the country studying and developing proposals for potential reparations.
‘”I like the spirit of what you guys are saying… this is not just about California,” Newsom said as he signed the legislation. “This is about making an impact, a dent across the rest of the country.”
This story also says this:
But Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, who authored the California legislation, says it’s deeper than that.
“Even though those who live today are not the actual slave holders,” Weber explains, “they benefited from the resources of their forefathers, they benefited from racism, they benefited from having white privilege in this country. And the wealth that they have amassed was on the backs, on the discrimination on the backs of African Americans.”
Then there was this story in the Hill:
Biden signs executive order to address racial inequity
Hmmm. Notice anything missing here? Like a mention of the governor’s, the assemblywoman’s, and the president’s political party? That would be the Democratic Party.
A reminder made in this space before: The Democratic Party was founded by slave owners. And as I have noted before:
On and on and on goes this carved-in-stone history of the Democratic Party’s blatant, horrific racism. To this day, there has been no apology for its use of the Klan as what historians call the party’s “terrorist” arm.
With all of that and oh so much more on the record, it is more than curious that Joe Biden — today’s leader of the Democratic Party — has not had the party issue an apology to black Americans.
And it certainly is more than curious that there is no effort by Gov. Newsom and Assemblywoman Weber to call for reparations to be paid by the California and national Democratic parties. It is their party, after all, that supported slavery and segregation. And if that isn’t bad enough, in today’s world, they — with President Biden — are staunch supporters of the son of segregation known as “identity politics” — which requires judging each American his or her by race.
The more things change, the more Democrat Party leaders stay the same.