WASHINGTON D.C.- When one looks back at the Biden/Harris campaign, there are not many issues that anyone can definitively say will be addressed if Biden should win the Presidency.
From the very beginning of his campaign, to the very end, Biden has either flip-flopped on major issues, or stayed tight-lipped and deflected all questions regarding any “hot button” issues.
One of those issues, is paying reparations to African American people in this country.
Some on the far left feel as though this country, mainly the white people living in it, owe financial compensation to black people, because of the history the U.S. has with slavery and segregation.
Biden and Kamala dodged questions about reparations through the 2020 cycle. Baradaran took note of their refusal, "Dear Kamala, Reparations or go home," she wrote in June '19: https://t.co/Ts5lNHzcmH
— ADOS Bay Area (@ADOSBayArea) November 16, 2020
While Biden and Harris have never given a straight answer, their latest move of appointing a major reparations advocate to Biden’s transition team, speaks volumes of itself.
According to the Free Beacon, Mehrsa Baradaran, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, is helping Biden prepare to “hit the ground running on Day One” as a member of his Department of the Treasury agency review team.
Baradaran is an outspoken advocate of reparations for black Americans, both as a means of correcting “white supremacy” and closing the racial wealth gap.
While Biden and Harris may have thought they were getting one over on the public by not addressing the issue directly, however Baradaran took notice.
In June of 2019, Baradaran wrote “Dear Kamala, Reparations or go home,”
Dear Kamala, Reparations or go home.
— Mehrsa Baradaran (@MehrsaBaradaran) June 28, 2019
She also did not let Biden off the hook, as she also took to Twitter in December of 2019 to say:
“Biden just dodged that reparations question like a much nimbler and younger man,”
Biden just dodged that reparations question like a much nimbler and younger man.
— Mehrsa Baradaran (@MehrsaBaradaran) December 20, 2019
In her 2017 book The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, Baradaran argues that closing the racial wealth gap requires acknowledging past wrongs and providing compensation for damages, Free Beacon reported.
Baradaran writes in her book:
“A reparations program could take many forms from simple cash payments or baby bonds to more complex schemes such as subsidized college tuition, basic income, housing vouchers, or subsidized mortgage credit,”
When issues like this are brought to the table, there are always the select few who have “white guilt”, and try to over compensate in order to stay on everyone’s good side. Such is the case with Netflix, who was so “inspired” by Baradaran’s book, that they donated $100 million to organizations that “support Black communities.”
Before joining Biden’s transition team, Baradaran helped Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), and former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg on policy proposals to address the racial wealth gap.
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) November 16, 2020
Although Biden has left reparations out of his racial equity plan, he did say that he would study the issue.
When addressing the issue on the campaign trail, a spokeswoman for the Biden campaign said:
“[Biden] believes that we should gather the data necessary to have an informed conversation about reparations, but he has not endorsed a specific bill,”
Also dodging the issue, during a CNN town hall in April 2019, Harris said:
“When you are talking about the years and years and years of trauma that were experienced because of slavery, because of Jim Crow and because of all that we have seen in terms of institutional and legal discrimination and racism, this is very real and it needs to be studied,”
Certain Democrats, such as Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) and Stacey Abrams have openly backed reparations for the African American community, most likely because they are setting themselves up for a future presidential run.
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As Biden’s team is gearing up to address the issue of reparations, the violent mobs who are looting and destroying the major cities across this country, have declared it just, because they are “owed” reparations.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – As we wait for the outcome of a Presidential election, authorities across the nation continue to brace for more violence, depending on who wins. The last week of October saw continued rioting in Portland and new activity in the City of Brotherly Love after Philadelphia police shot and killed an armed black man.
The fact that he was armed with a knife, advanced at police, and had a history of violence is lost on many.
Sadly, many of those who support the rioting are younger Americans that are potential future leaders.
A recent poll taken among college students revealed some troubling things.
College undergrads: America is racist, looting ‘justified,’ reparations required.
— Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) October 27, 2020
“America’s next generation of college students, markedly liberal and who support Joe Biden nearly 3-to-1 over President Trump, have strongly adopted the positions of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to a sweeping new survey conducted for Yale University’s William F. Buckley Program.
Embracing the view that America is racist, 51% of undergraduates 24 years old or younger said that the nation is ‘inextricably linked to white supremacy’ and that most minorities are ‘excluded from the American promise of equality.’
Even more, 64% said that whites who do not speak out against racism are ‘perpetuating the injustices’ minorities face. That was a common theme promoted by white protesters at the recent protests.”
This really shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering the overwhelmingly liberal ideology being taught on college campuses. Law Enforcement Today has written numerous articles about college professors calling for violence against cops, students turning against other students because they have conservative beliefs.
64% of the 800 students surveyed across the country believe that the violent rioting is justified, while only 28% disagreed. 8% were unsure.
It should bother everyone to know that 72% of American college students will not say unequivocally state that violence against others and destruction of property is wrong.
If these students truly cared about “social justice,” they would realize that the very looting that support has the largest adverse impact on minority communities.
According to fee.org, these students do not understand how this country works when it comes to property.
“Many left-leaning young people likely rooted their disdain for property rights in the notion that they only really matter to ‘Big Business’ or ‘the rich.’ This is mistaken. In fact, the rich, safe neighborhoods aren’t the ones being looted. The destructive acts are disproportionately victimizing urban, poorer neighborhoods and minority-owned businesses. “
So, do they really care about these communities, or are they simply jumping on the “white people are racist” bandwagon?
Arne Duncan, author of How Schools Work, tweeted:
We need to talk a lot less about red and blue.
We need to talk a lot more about whiteness.
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) November 4, 2020
His claims about whiteness echo the findings of the poll, that America is inherently racist.
As such, of those polled, 52% of those surveyed believe that American taxpayers should pick up the tab to pay reparations to black Americans.
One would have to assume that there is no expectation that black Americans would be responsible for paying for that, putting that tax burden on white Americans.
While the Examiner piece did not cite a reference for the figures, they pointed to one study that said the cost of reparations could amount to as much as $6.2 quadrillion, or $151 million per descendant of slaves.
Jim McLaughlin, the poll’s author, saw the irony in the majorities beliefs of America’s entrenched white supremacy.
“The students in a country that elected a bi-racial president not once, but twice and has produced multiple black billionaires believe that their country is racist,” he said.
So, we know that they overwhelmingly support looting and and other forms of violent rioting and reparations. What else do they support?
According to the survey:
“By a 52% to 40% margin, students believe we should defund police departments because they are failing many communities.”
Ironically, 59% of the student that participated said that they also do not trust the media.
And just in case you were curious about the respondent’s demographics, none were cited. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 52.9% of college students are white, 20.9% are Hispanic, 15.1% are black, and 7.6% are Asian.
If the poll participants fell in line with those percentages, it would mean that of the 800 students surveyed, 423 were white, 167 Hispanic, 120 black, and 60 were Asian.
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