Sunday, August 3, 2008

I am impressed with Obama's comments on reparations

Barack Obama is facing some heat from black leaders hoping to receive reparations from slavery. I personally am opposed to reparations for many reasons. Mostly that just because bad things happen, it doesn't mean you should get a check in the mail. But certainly blacks in our country have been put at an unfair disadvantage. There needs to be something to be done to help level the playing field. Anyway, here are some of Obama's comments on the subject:

Said in July 2008--"I have said in the past — and I'll repeat again — that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed."

Obama says an apology would be appropriate but not particularly helpful in improving the lives of black Americans. Reparations could also be a distraction, he said.

Said in a 2004 NAACP questionnaire-- "I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, 'We've paid our debt,' and to avoid the much harder work."

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