So amidst the chaos of that congressional hearing on reparations for slavery, former NFL star Burgess Owens got straight to the point, saying this, as reported by BizPac Review:
“I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race,” Owens said.
He added, “I do believe in restitution. Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40 percent of our black babies, 20 million of them. State of California, 75 percent of our black boys can’t past standard reading and writing test, a Democratic state. Let’s pay reparation. Let’s pay restitution. How about a Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race.”
Yet somehow, some mysterious way, the hard facts of history are blithely ignored by members and sycophants of the Democrats, the latter without doubt the Party of Race.
Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas had the audacity to quote from a 2008 article of mine that originally appeared in this space and was reprinted in the Wall Street Journal. Among other things in that article I noted these hard facts about what was missing from the website of the Democratic National Committee as it tried to portray itself as the champion of civil rights by leaving out the hard facts of the party’s horrendous actual history on race:
Tellingly, when Congressman Gohmert was finished reciting these hard, cold, and quite accurate facts of history, someone in the audience yelled out, “You lie!” An unwitting admission of absolute historical ignorance or maybe just plain denial. And over at the website Splinter writer Samantha Grasso assailed Gohmert as the “dumbest Republican in the room” for daring to cite the Democrats’ appalling historical record.
The real problem here is that the Party of Race has never let go of its racism. It has moved from support of slavery to support of segregation to the support of identity politics, the latter the son of segregation. Note as well that in that Grasso article I was assailed for ridiculing the leftist thugs over at Media Matters for their repeatedly flagged anti-Semitism. The rise of anti-Semitism on the Left — anti-Semitism being exactly racism — is a part and parcel of the racist support by Democrats for slavery, segregation, and identity politics.
Note that the congressional hearing on reparations was spearheaded by Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. She has introduced legislation described this way by MSN:
Under Jackson Lee’s bill, a 13-member commission would be created to study the role of slavery in the U.S. and the “lingering negative effects of the institution of slavery” in America. The bill calls on the commission to consider reparations and how any compensation to descendants of enslaved Africans would be calculated.
“The role of the federal government supporting the institution of slavery and subsequent discrimination directed against blacks is an injustice that must be formally acknowledged and addressed,” Jackson Lee said during a 10-minute introduction of the legislation.
Notice the very careful language about “the role of the federal government”? The federal government was, then as now, run by political parties elected after campaigns to hold federal — and for that matter state and local — office. And the historical fact that both Congressman Gohmert and Burgess Owens were citing is that Democrats of the day campaigned enthusiastically as supporters of slavery and later segregation, which is how they won the elections that enabled them to run the “role of the federal government.” Then — and now — they rely on using race to win elections.
Out there on the campaign trail, Business Insider lists the Democratic presidential candidates who support reparations: senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris along with former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Marianne Williamson have all endorsed reparations. But they are studiously ignoring the idea that their own party pony up and pay reparations — much less are they pledging to use some of their own millions in campaign contributions to chip in.
All of this is part and parcel of the Democrats refusal to issue an apology for their support of slavery and segregation.
In short? The call for reparations has now backfired on the Democrats and their presidential candidates. They are all for reparations — but refuse to have their party and candidates pay for it. And they certainly don’t want to acknowledge their party’s role in the wholesale repression of black Americans.
Much less will they stop using identity politics — because they cannot shake their 219-year-old culture of using race to win elections.
Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://spectatorworld.com/.
That’s right, the Grinch (Joe Biden) is coming for your pocketbooks this Christmas season with record inflation. Just to recap, here is a list of items that have gone up during his reign.
What hasn’t increased? The cost to subscribe to The American Spectator! For a limited time, we are offering our popular yearly subscription for only $49.99. Lock in the lowest price of the year by subscribing today