Controversial proposal to make black votes count for more than white votes as form of reparations

Election 2008

A former White House fellow has a unique proposal to take affirmative action to a whole new level. He wants to give votes cast by African-Americans a greater weight than those cast by non-blacks.

So much for “one man, one vote.”

“Racial reconciliation is impossible without some kind of broad-based, systemic reparations,” career Naval officer and PhD candidate Theodore R. Johnson wrote in The Washington Post. “But if a pecuniary answer can’t fix the structural disadvantage — and it can’t — what can?”

Johnson proposes that each black vote count as five-thirds of a vote, flipping around the old constitutional provision that counted slaves as three-fifths of a person.

Johnson thinks this is going to bring the races together?

“A five-thirds compromise would imbue African Americans with a larger political voice that could be used to fight the structural discrimination expressed in housing, education, criminal justice and employment,” he wrote. “Allowing black votes to count for 167 percent of everyone else’s would mean that 30 million African American votes would count as 50 million, substituting super-votes for the implausible idea of cash payments.”

Empowering blacks with a “super-vote” would mean that politicians — if they hope to be elected and remain in office — would have to prioritize black issues.

Johnson also proposes that his weighted voting terminate after a set period — he suggests 24 years.

“Of course, weighted-vote reparations are only slightly more politically feasible than a multi-trillion-dollar payout,” he concludes. “But we have to consider novel approaches to racial reconciliation … if we are serious about ridding the nation of barriers to opportunity and overcoming the racial discrimination woven into America’s fabric. If racism is the culprit, then dismantling it requires the same tools that constructed it.”

Johnson’s proposal of reverse racism is still racism, no matter how you cut it.

When The Daily Caller reported on this, readers were livid, and took to social media to express their rage. Here are a few examples:

The late Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned a world where people would be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Johnson’s proposal does the exact opposite.


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