Are We Ready for Slave Reparations?
Race; Posted on: 2007-04-18 11:24:54 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
Nothing is ever simple and straightforward where Obama and words come together
Is America ready to pay reparations for slavery?
Well, it could happen if Barack Obama lands the White House.
You might say, Doesn't Sen. Obama oppose reparations for slavery?
Well, no. He doesn't.
In fact the reparations crowd in Washington and Chicago is salivating at the prospect Obama might stumble into the White House and put them on track for a reparations gravy train.
To tackle the topic, first, a simple question: Is Obama opposed to reparations? Indeed, the question is not so simple. Nothing is ever simple and straightforward where Obama and words come together.
Obama's pirouettes on the question of reparations would enchant any balletomane; his position always depends on who is asking and who is listening. And who is watching.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Obama opposed reparations for slavery. After his election, Obama subtly changed his view, stating he was against "just signing over checks to African-Americans," leaving open the possibility of other forms of reparations would be acceptable to him (Chicago Tribune Nov. 14, 2004).
Second, whom does Barry O "hang" with?
Well, Obama hangs with the reparations crowd. Now guilt by association is certainly unfair. But if you hang with the reparations crowd, they must see something in you they like.
And here, indeed they do.
U.S. Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is reportedly waiting for Obama to be elected so Conyers can rush a reparations law through Congress (The Hill, March 13, 2007). Hmmm. Does Conyers know something we don't?
Finally, the most telling indication that Obama has a secret addiction to reparations is reflected in those who support him and those whom he supports: the most notorious race-baiter on the Chicago City Council, Alderwoman Dorothy Tillman.
Haven't heard of Dorothy Tillman?
You better learn about Obama's No. 1 supporter. And fast.
Tillman has almost single-handedly made a joke of the city of Chicago in the public finance industry over her preoccupation with slavery and reparations.
Tillman supports Obama and Obama supports Tillman.
Last week Obama endorsed Tillman for re-election. Tillman was forced into a runoff after her opponents failed to agree on a single candidate to oppose her. Tillman was an early supporter of Obama's in his rise to prominence over the past decade. And Tillman is a disgrace.
Her favorite pastime is abusing banks and financial institutions that want to do business with the city of Chicago. A regular feature of council proceedings is Tillman flaying banks for "owning slaves" at some remote point in history over 150 years ago.
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