That’s because it’s beyond stupid. And actually racist (not made-up racist that the left cries about when a white person glances at a black person and the black person is triggered by the reminder that white people exist).
According to this, Barack Obama told The Atlantic that he really wanted to make white people pay reparations to black people for slavery and Jim Crow and merely existing on the same planet. But, you see, it would have made people mad and ruined any kind of political capital that Obama had gained, so he just didn’t do it.
Yeah, that’s TOTALLY it:
“Theoretically, you can make, obviously, a powerful argument that centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination are the primary cause for all those gaps [between white and black people],” - Obamasaid in the interview. - “That those were wrongs done to the black community as a whole, and black families specifically, and that in order to close that gap, a society has a moral obligation to make a large, aggressive investment, even if it’s not in the form of individual reparations checks, but in the form of a Marshall Plan, in order to close those gaps.”
Basically, he’s talking about a “white tax.” Whether or not your direct ancestors owned slaves (which, mine didn’t – they were too busy being chased out of Missouri at gunpoint in the dead of winter in part because they were against slavery), if you’re white you’d have to pay this special “reparations tax.” And we all know how great the federal government is about handling taxpayer money!
Obama seemed to be trying to take both sides, which made him sound ridiculous to both sides:
Obama didn’t endorse reparations, but he didn’t reject them either. Other minorities in America, he said, would not find it fair to them.
“So the bottom line is that it’s hard to find a model in which you can practically administer and sustain political support for those kinds of efforts,” - Obama explained.
A special tax based on your skin color. Oh gee, I can’t think of how ANYONE would be opposed to that!
First of all, making white people who are alive now pay for the terrible cultural traditions of decades and centuries past is ridiculous. Nobody who is alive today has ever been affected by slavery – white or black. No one living in America in 2016 has ever owned a slave or been a slave. So, why should we have to pay for something that we had no control over?
Also – just FYI, reparations for slavery were already paid. History knows it as the Civil War. Thousands of people died to end slavery, not to mention the millions of dollars of property damage and losses AND the economic gut-punch the South took afterward. Slavery has been paid for in spades.
As for Jim Crow? The only people still alive who held onto Jim Crow are elderly Democrats. Which, now that I think about it, is probably why Obama never brought it up. Certainly, don’t want to anger his racist colleagues in his party.
Given how hateful and rabid the Cult of Social Justice is about things like reparations, this has the potential to turn into a violent witch hunt where it’s okay to shakedown people for their money and property, simply because they’re white and white people are EEEEEEEEEVIL. The minute the government says “Sure, they owe you money because of their skin color,” that’s when all hell breaks loose.
But hey – it’s all right! White people owned slaves! So go ahead and terrorize them!
If Obama had any sense (and he wasn’t so beholden to these glorified mobsters), he’d tell the reparations crowd to pound sand and get over their ancient grievances. But he’d never do that. He agrees with them too much to alienate them. So, he’ll just blame it on the political system that supposedly favors white privilege and continues to keep black people down, so keep voting Democrat, black people! And all your problems will be solved!