Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took on the controversial subject of reparations, a plan to financially compensate today’s African-Americans for yesteryear’s sin of slavery — an idea that’s growing in popularity among Democrats as rapidly as the party’s field of 2020 presidential candidates is growing.
After all, Democrats have to find a way to offset President Donald Trump’s growing popularity among black voters.
There’s a reason former Attorney General Eric Holder called America “a nation of cowards” on issues involving race and Carlson found out firsthand after he declared that the US “is actually not a very racist nation,” adding that there has been “a ton of intermarriage and even more immigration over the 150 years since slavery ended.”
“So how exactly would this work, how would you decide who gets rewarded and who doesn’t,” he asked his guest, Jason Nichols, a professor of African-American studies at the University of Maryland.
It seems clear that Carlson’s reference to interracial marriage and immigration was in line with determining lineage to know who would be eligible.
Nichols countered to say it should not be thought of as a reward.
“We should think of it as a debt being paid that has been owed for a long time,” he said.
Carlson pressed on getting specific about who gets paid and who has to pay.
“If my ancestors came in 1980 am I on the hook for paying, and if your ancestors came in 1975, do you get the money?” he asked the professor.
Nichols explained that the money would be for descendants of enslaved Africans, and suggested the United States of America would pay.
After correctly noting that means U.S. taxpayers, Carlson continued with specifics, proving that reparations is a convoluted issue as he asked if descendants of Union soldiers who died to free the slaves should have to pay.
Nichols would explain that if reparations are paid, it would not necessarily “wipe the slate clean,” as Carlson characterized it — the professor said many of the race-driven programs and policies in place are designed “to address discrimination right now.”
He added that the biggest beneficiary of affirmative action has been white women.
And while the exchange was enlightening on what can be expected when it comes to reparations, the big take away from the liberal media is that Carlson said America is not a racist nation because of “a ton of intermarriage.”
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But then, Carlson’s no stranger to controversy, as seen recently when he was targeted by George Soros-backed Media Matters for comments made a decade ago on a shock jock radio show.
Let’s not forget radical left-wing activists showed up at his home and terrorized his wife, and the Fox News host’s advertisers were targeted in December after he said, “We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.”
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