I have never been in support of reparations for the black community, and I am a black man. When I saw these polls results, I figured there were much more like me than I thought which makes this huge in my mind.
I have always believed since we had nothing to do with slavery, we were not a part of it nor did our parents take part, we are owed nothing. Slavery did not set up the environment minorities find themselves today, that’s liberal policies that did that.
A recent poll found two-thirds of Americans believe the U.S. government should not offer reparations to the descendants of slaves.
YouGov poll asked 1,000 Americans from Sept. 1-6 whether they believe the government should “make cash payments” to the descendants of slaves.
The poll found 66 percent of Americans believe the government “should not” pay reparations. Only 18 percent responded the government “should” pay reparations.
The poll found 80 percent of whites, 50 percent of Hispanics, and 67 of those in the “other” category all oppose reparations. However, 63 percent of blacks responded they support reparations.
While a majority of Republicans (89 percent) and Independents (74 percent) responded that they oppose reparations, Democrats were divided on the issue. Although a plurality of Democrats responded that they oppose reparations (40 percent), 37 percent responded that they support them.
The poll also asked how large of a role slavery has played in creating the “lower average wealth levels for blacks” today.
The poll found 42 percent of Americans responded slavery is “not a factor at all,” while 26 responded it is a “major factor” and 24 percent responded it is a “minor fact.” In total, 50 percent of Americans responded that they believe slavery plays some role in the success and wealth of blacks in America today.
That was too long ago, and it makes absolutely no sense to offer reparations to the descendants many generations later. The money would be meaningless and squandered anyway by entitlement with the current generation.
Modern day slave descendants have never been slaves! Why would anyone want something they were not part of? Because we’re black? What about descendants of white slaves!? Chinese slaves? American Native Indians? Can America afford to pay the modern day slave descendants of all the races, even though they’ve never been slaves!?
Let’s move forward. Build character in our young. They don’t need to receive a reward for an injustice not done directly to them. Teach children to respect each other regardless of their race and move forward. Adults have to be mentors. We are failing our children and blaming everyone else. We need to be accountable. Rather than name calling and pointing fingers if we would ask ourselves what we could do each day to make the day better for those around us wouldn’t the country be better off?
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