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Fox’s Steve Hilton makes case for financial reparations to heal race relations. Charlie Kirk offers alternative solutions.

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Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk joined Fox News’ Steve Hilton this week on The Next Revolution to discuss the racial divide in America and whether reparations are the solution.

The segment was a follow up to last week’s show, where Hilton, an immigrant from the United Kingdom, laid out his case as to why he feels reparations are needed.

“Many of the barriers African Americans face today are uniquely the result of discriminatory policy, from slavery to Jim Crow to the New Deal even,” he posited. “The biggest is wealth inequality. The wealth of middle class America was massively boosted by policies like the GI Bill, which paid for college education and other policies to spread home ownership. These excluded black Americans by design. The federal government subsidized around $120 billion in home loans between 1934 and 1962 through the Home Owners Loan Corporation and the Federal Housing Administration — 98 percent of those loans went to white families. Today around two-thirds of middle class wealth is held in home ownership, so unsurprisingly white families are disproportionately wealthier than black ones.”

 

Hilton went on to show graphics that show how disproportionate the inequality is.

“We will never, never, never achieve racial harmony in this country until we acknowledge these truths as the first step in a process of national reconciliation,” he insisted, as he called for dramatic action to “not just a pledge to avoid discrimination but reparation for the cruelty of the past.”

A panel discussed the issue, with Kirk being one of the panelists. He attempted to spell out how black Americans are benefiting under President Donald Trump, but time ran out before he could say a lot on the matter.

Kirk picked up on that theme this week.

“President Trump has signed a historic tax cut bill and included in that tax cut was something called Opportunity Zones, where billions of dollars are now coming to our urban communities, in urban centers that are primarily focused on African-American communities — the lowest ever black unemployment rate, the lowest ever black poverty rate, the most ever African-Americans employed in our economy ever,” he said.

Agreeing that there is still a lot of work to do, Kirk said let’s keep things going in the right direction, adding that school choice “is an answer to a lot of our problems in this country.”

He also said “we need to rebuild the family in America, the family unit.”

“One of the reasons why the African American community has fallen behind is the rise in single motherhood rates,” Kirk noted. “Since the passage of the Great Society Act under Lyndon Baines Johnson. The single motherhood rate in the 1960s was around 20 percent, now it’s upwards of 70 percent in certain urban areas.”

He also spoke about how Trump can add to his successes.

“If President Trump continues to lay out a vision for all Americans, but specifically African Americans, around opportunity, entrepreneurship and risk-taking — that’s something you put forth really well Steve, that it shouldn’t just be about giving more stuff away, but how do we reduce barriers, reduce regulation, expand opportunity for people that want to take risk and make their lives better,” Kirk said.

“Because we have tried we’ve spent trillions of dollars in the urban areas through financial assistance and social welfare programs and that has not made at the African-American community richer at all.”

Tom Tillison

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