Do you remember having slaves? No? What about your father? Your father’s father? His father? No? When one is this far removed from the atrocity of slavery, should someone feel compelled to apologize?
According to Bernie Sanders’ recent pandering, it’s time to apologize for slavery and offer de facto reparations.
On Wednesday, Sanders was campaigning in Philadelphia and pandering to a largely black audience when someone asked if he would apologize for slavery if elected to the presidency.
“An American president has yet to muster up the courage to formally apologize for the 400 heinous years of rape, death and inhumanity that occurred during the enslavement of black people in this country that still impacts millions of slave descendants,” the audience member stated before asking if he would formally apologize.
“You want the short answer? Yes,” Sanders said to boisterous applause.
“There’s nothing that anybody can do to undo the deaths and misery — how many people we don’t even know who died on the way over here from Africa in the ships. But we have got to do everything we can to wipe the slate clean by acknowledging the truth. You know truth is not always an easy thing. There are a lot of things that we have done in this country that are shameful. We have got to recognize that and own up to it. So the answer is yes.”
The crowd cheered.
Last year, Sanders claimed that this nation owes an apology for slavery.
“As a nation — I don’t think as a president, but as a nation — we have got to apologize for slavery,” Sanders said.
“As a nation we have got to apologize for slavery, and of course the president is the leader of the nation,” he continued.
As a nation? I’m not apologizing for anything I didn’t do.
Slavery was an awful thing that serves as a tarnish upon our nation built upon enlightenment ideals. I will not, however, apologize for it and neither should any living person. As a nation, we have worked to undo the damage of the sins of the past and we continue to offer unequal treatment in America to minorities as a remedy to the historical inequalities that affected their ancestors.
On a policy level, we have committed to preferential treatment via affirmative action policies.
On a cultural level, our nation is arranged into two groups: those who maintain the right to always and forever play the role of the victim and those who must tip-toe around this narrative lest they be labeled bigots and abusers of their “white privilege.” Americans of color who refuse to play the role of victim are often shunned by the former group and derided as “Uncle Toms” or other hurtful, vulgar terms.
Further, while Sanders has claimed that he will not support outright reparations in the form of monthly checks to blacks, he has maintained that America owes reparations in the form of increased federal funding to minority communities to help them overcome the alleged barrier that slavery has posed to keep black communities from gaining equal access to opportunities.
Or, you know, what we’ve been doing as a country for over 50 years to disastrous results…
Regarding reparation checks, Sanders has upset the victim class by stating that it’s a non-starter in Congress.
“I think it would be very divisive,” he stated earlier this year. “I think the real issue is, when we look at the poverty rate among the African American community, when we look at the high unemployment rate within the African American community, the incarceration rate within the African American community, we have a lot of work to do.”
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change’s Mike Griffin, a proponent of reparations, claimed in February that reparations can mean “reinvestment in communities most affected” and a “payback for harm that is done.”
Griffin clarified that he would happily reach for a handout, however: “I mean, I will take a check,” he said. “This is not an either or, but an and.”
Though we cannot deny the historical wrongs done in America, at what point will we as a nation believe in the power of self-determination? There are problems in the black community, but these problems have only been made sizably worse by a half-century of government intervention and dependence.
As president, Sanders would do more for these communities by committing to free-market principles and reducing government dependency. Apologizing may sound nice, but it’s all sizzle and no steak.