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The New York Times reports 2020 Democrats Embrace Race-Conscious Policies, Including Reparations.

From the very first day of the 2020 presidential race, when Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts blamed “generations of discrimination” for black families earning far less than white households, Democratic hopefuls have broadly emphasized racial justice and closing the wealth gap in their policy platforms.

But in recent weeks, some candidates have started embracing specific goals and overtly race-conscious legislation that even the most left-wing elected officials stayed away from in recent years.

Last week, on the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club,” Senator Kamala Harris of California agreed with a host’s suggestion that government reparations for black Americans were necessary to address the legacies of slavery and discrimination. Ms. Harris later affirmed that support in a statement to The New York Times.

Ms. Warren also said she supported reparations for black Americans impacted by slavery — a policy that experts say could cost several trillion dollars, and one that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and many top Democrats have not supported.

The Cost?

Well, that depends on who gets to decide the parameters. The experts say several trillion dollars.

Here are my parameters.

Anyone who was a slave prior to December 1865 who is still living, is eligible. That is the date of the ratification of the 13th amendment.

Well what about their kids?

Hmm. I will grant reparations to the kids of parents who were slaves in the US prior to 1865.

Still not satisfied? OK I am a really soft touch. Let's give reparations to all living blacks who were kids of kids whose parents were slaves in 1865.


That's it. I draw the line at 3 generations. Let's have a count.

Drawing the Line

Hopefully you see where I am going with this, but many will not understand my point. So I need to be careful.

I do not doubt for one second that racism exists.

I do not put up with racist or sexist comments on my blog. My mom's best friend was black. I never once heard my parents utter a racial slur. Not once.

At some point, one has to accept responsibility for their own lives, no matter what.

Yet, I firmly believe in equal chances and equal opportunity under the law.

Racial Reparations are Discriminatory

Reparations are actually discriminatory. When you give money or grant favors (say college admission tests) to one group, you are perforce discriminating against someone else who was thus denied an equal chance.

When a mistake is made in one direction the cure is not to make mistakes in the other.

Racism Exists

The cure is not reparations. The cure is to not tolerate racism.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock