Democrat Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke joined Julian Castro Wednesday stating that he he would support legislation supporting reparations for slavery in the United States. Sharpton had asked O’Rourke if he were elected president, would he would sign into law a bill by U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, that would create a commission to explore the economic implications of slavery and segregation. “Absolutely, I would sign that into law,” O’Rourke said.
Sharpton’s question came after O’Rourke addressed hundreds of National Action Network (NAN) attendees in New York City.
“I appreciate the woman who asked me to say yes or no,” O’Rourke said.
Beto then referenced social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson. “He said foundational to reparations is the word repair. Foundational to repair is the truth, and until all Americans understand that civil rights are not just those victories that I began with at the outset of my comments but the injustices that have been visited and continue to be visited on people, we will never get the change we need to live up to the promise of this country. So absolutely I would sign that into law.”
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, also backed Lee’s legislation in his remarks to NAN later on Wednesday.
“Our country will never truly heal unless we address the original sin of slavery,” he said.
Sharpton has not endorsed any candidates yet but started the conference on Wednesday with highly praising O’Rourke. He said O’Rourke caught his attention last year for his comments supporting black athletes kneeling during the National Anthem and about white privilege. Sharpton also said Beto had emerged like a rock star in 2018.
“I had never seen a major white candidate for president talk about white privilege,” Sharpton said. “And so it is no accident that he is the first of the presidential candidates to come and speak to us this morning.”
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris have all previously conveyed in some way that they are for reparations. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has not endorsed reparations, questioning how they would be implemented.
O’Rourke, like most all the Dem candidates, is simply promising free stuff because at this point for Dems, it’s obligatory. Reparations as they’re being framed can’t be delivered because of the logistics:
- Would the “reparations” come out of the pockets of ALL taxpayers? Why? Only about 12% of Americans ever owned slaves. Why would 100% of the taxpayers be responsible for something only 12% of the population participated in 175 years ago?
- Blacks also owned slaves – both black and white. How would “reparations” work in that regard?
- Few can prove beyond the shadow of a doubt they’re descended from slaves.
- Some whites are also descended from slaves. Are they also entitled to “reparations?” If not, why not?
- Most importantly, no one alive today was ever a slave. Why would you grant “reparations” to people who never suffered from what you’re “compensating” them for?
This is just a giant money grab by undeserving people. Another attempt to redistribute the fruit of other peoples’ labors. If you started trying to repair the endless historic injustices in the world, no one would have anything!