Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is now backtracking on her previous stance to give reparations to the descendants of slaves.
In an interview with CNN reporter MJ Lee on Friday the senator was not as committed to actually giving reparations, only talking about it.
Warren has said she supports some form of reparations. Just asked her three times whether she specifically supports compensation being given to families hurt by slavery. She would not answer yes all three times. That full exchange: pic.twitter.com/5ZerXzwKcc
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) March 8, 2019
“So, what I have said and will say again is I think it’s time for us to have the conversation,” she told Lee.
“We need to address the fact that in this country, we built great fortunes and wealth on the backs of slaves” she said.
“And we need to address that head-on, we need to have that national conversation,” the fake Native American said.
Lee asked her if she still thought it was a good idea to give money to those who are the descendants of slaves directly.
“Those are the conversations we will have,” Warren said, as if those conversations have not been happening.
Is Elizabeth Warren a phony?
“But, right now, on the money issue, you are not saying that you support it?” Lee questioned the senator.
“I’m saying that there are a lot of scholars and a lot of activists who have put multiple proposals on the table,” she said.
“But we’re never going to get to any of those proposals [without] an acknowledgement of the wrong of slavery and the obligation to address it,” she said.
This is a stark contrast to weeks ago when she said that she wanted to give reparations to the descendants of slaves.
It started for Warren weeks ago when she was doing anything to stay relevant in the race.
Grasping at straws, Warren broached the topic of reparations, likely as a way to court black voters who are needed to win the primary.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is one of the last politicians in the country with any standing to opine on what other Americans owe any race, but that hasn’t stopped her from taking every opportunity she sees to prove she’s as woke as anyone else in the burgeoning Democrat primary field.
One week after her 2020 competitor Sen. Kamala Harris endorsed reparations for slavery, Harris told the New York Times that she too believes some living Americans should have to pay other living Americans for horrible things dead Americans did to other dead Americans over a century and a half ago:
“We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities,” she said. “I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities.”
Ms. Warren also said she supported reparations for black Americans impacted by slavery — a policy that experts say could cost several trillion dollars, and one that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and many top Democrats have not supported.
The Warren campaign declined to give further details on that backing, but it came amid her calls for the federal government to provide special home-buying assistance to residents of communities that were adversely affected by “redlining,” the discriminatory practice of denying mortgages, usually in poor and nonwhite areas.
First, it’s hilarious to see this coming from Warren of all people, whom one could argue has harmed living racial minorities by falsely claiming Cherokee ancestry, thereby reaping benefits and other advantages that would have otherwise gone to actual Native Americans.
Second, slave reparations are clearly unjust. People are responsible for what they do to others, not what their ancestors did to past generations (assuming a reparations scheme even bothers to target confirmed descendants of slaveowners and not simply anyone who’s white). Collective guilt is a poisonous fiction that does nothing but breed resentment, division, and obsession with the past.
Third, as monstrously evil as slavery was, in some ways the trade that brought so many blacks to America planted the seeds for its own reparation. In 1995, Dinesh D’Souza quoted two champions of equality powerfully on this point:
Black feminist author Zora Neale Hurston: “my ancestors who lived and died in it are dead. The white men who profited by their labor and lives are dead also. I have no personal memory of those times, and no responsibility for them. Neither has the grandson of the man who held my folks. . . . I have no intention of wasting my time beating on old graves. . . . I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negroes who hold that nature somehow has given them a low-down dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it. . . . Slavery is the price I paid for civilization, and that is worth all that I have paid through my ancestors for it.”
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