Many Democrats have traditionally used race hatred as a mechanism to gin up votes. Now we see the factor of reparations for slavery being used as a weapon in the Democrat primaries:
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro is skeptical about how fellow candidate Bernie Sanders has responded to proposed reparations for descendants of slaves.
The former Housing and Urban Development secretary and San Antonio mayor has joined several of his fellow 2020 Democratic contenders in calling for reparations for the descendants of slaves — whether in the form of tax credits, subsidized education costs or something else entirely. Sanders opposed the idea of reparations in his failed 2016 presidential run, and he has maintained that stance in his latest presidential campaign.
“What [Sanders] said on ‘The View,’ I think, the other day was that he didn’t think the best way to address this was for the United States to write a check,” Castro said on CNN’S “State of the Union” on Sunday morning. “To my mind, that may or may not be the best way to address it.”
Castro has said that, if elected, he would create a commission or task force to look into all possible ways to provide reparations and determine the best course of action.
Go here to read the rest. It is always amusing to see Democrats eat their own, but there is little amusement in the idea of reparations. I can think of no single idea more likely to inflame race hatred in this country. Slavery ended in this country 159 years ago. The idea that descendants of slaves are owed payment by people who never enslaved anyone, and, in the vast majority, whose ancestors either did not own slaves, or whose ancestors were not in the country at the time, is risible. This perverts any notion of justice, and is simply a part of a racial spoils system, so long a part of the American scene. This is also deeply cynical. The politicians proposing it know that there is no way in the world that any Congress would pass it, or the Courts would sustain it. If these two impossibilities came to pass, the jails could not hold all the Americans who would refuse to pay their taxes due to it. These are games being played on the Left in order to gain votes in a crowded Democrat field for President. However, don’t be surprised if the Democrat Convention next year endorses at least a Federal study of reparations, ensuring that this very bad idea becomes a campaign issue next year. How far this pernicious rubbish is from the view of Frederick Douglass, the black abolitionist champion of liberty, we can see in this excerpt from a speech he gave on the eve of Congress passing the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery:
In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us… I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! If you see him on his way to school, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going to the dinner table at a hotel, let him go! If you see him going to the ballot box, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going into a work-shop, just let him alone, — your interference is doing him positive injury.
January 26, 1865-Frederick Douglass