Democrats wrote the book when it comes to buying votes at the taxpayer’s expense, but the chapter on reparations has yet to be released and the state of New Jersey is looking to be more than just a footnote here.
From the same cabal that calls the killing of unborn children “reproductive justice,” we now have “reparative justice,” with black New Jersey lawmakers introducing a bill that would establish a Reparative Justice Task Force, as described in a press release from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
The bill calls for New Jersey to examine its role in slavery and racial discrimination or disparity that may have resulted from it, and if deemed necessary, pay reparations to black residents, the Associated Press reported.
Democratic state Sen. Sandra Cunningham says that it’s time “we begin the long and painstaking process to rectify our past,” according to the AP.
"Addressing our systematic challenges must begin with understanding how slavery here in New Jersey effects us all," says @ASWReyJackson on the creation of a New Jersey Reparations Task Force pic.twitter.com/U1KVYTSyM4
— NJ Assembly Democrats (@njassemblydems) November 14, 2019
While New Jersey fought for the Union in the Civil War, it was the last northern state to abolish slavery.
The many problems with reparations, which will carry a price tag into the trillions of dollars, begins with who is eligible and who pays. How is it determined who is a direct descendant of slaves, and why should families who had ancestors die fighting to free the slaves be expected to pay?
Some estimates say 30 million people would be in line for a check from Uncle Sam.
The New Jersey legislation takes the hard-left’s “critical race theory,” which claims that all white people are inherently racist and that racism is ingrained in our society — “structural racism” — from liberal college campuses to the statehouse.
“The Task Force will focus on repairing structural racism in New Jersey that can be traced back to slavery in the state and around the country, and recommend targeted policies and investments in Black communities that will address the lasting damage of America’s — and New Jersey’s — original sin,” the Institute said in the release.
Ryan P. Haygood, President & CEO of the Institute, perpetuates the notion that black people are victims who struggle to compete in society because of obstacles established hundreds of years ago.
“Four hundred years after the arrival of the first Black people in Jamestown as captives, many people don’t realize that slavery had deep roots in northern states like New Jersey, and that it left an ugly and pervasive legacy that still plagues us today with some of the worst racial disparities in the nation,” Haygood declared, according to The Newark Times. “Whether it’s wealth, youth justice, or voting rights, Black people in New Jersey face challenges that their white neighbors don’t.”
Democratic 2020 presidential front-runner Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has expressed support for reparations.
Warren said in a statement back in February: “We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences including undermining the ability of Black families to build wealth in America for generations.”
Quickly fading presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has also backed reparations, as has former Obama administration Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
As might be expected, social media users weren’t so keen on the idea … here’s a small sampling of responses from Twitter:
Just finished term of first black President, record low unemployment for the black community, tens of millions scheduled to be invested in urban areas for additional economic development.
Time to move on.
— Eric Thompson (ET) (@ETTalkShow) November 17, 2019
Give us a break. How about addressing quality of life issues of all the residents of New Jersey…
— Joseph Johnson (@Joseph72johnson) November 16, 2019
1. I wonder how many of them know that NJ fought with the Union to end slavery? (My guess is few, if any.)
2. The fact that Dems are pulling out the reparations card this election cycle tells you they are extremely worried about their 95% hold on the black vote.
— Samuel Houston (The Poor Man’s Whistleblower) (@SamuelH90492125) November 16, 2019
What. A. Joke.
— Mackenzie Daigle ?? (@USA_PATRIOT45) November 17, 2019
I’m so glad I don’t live in New Jersey! You all will bankrupt the state of stupid shit like this that has absolutely nothing to do with today’s Govt or economy! People like @AOC @RepAOC @IlhanMN @RashidaTlaib @RepPressley are going to get you all in serious TROUBLE!
— Jonathan (@JH4089) November 16, 2019
I think you democrats absolutely should pay reparations for the damage your party did.
— Oh Good Grief stop it.???⚓️⛱ (@YupItsMeElaine) November 17, 2019
I want reparations from the criminal Democrats for stealing all the tax money.
— Tom (@patriot_177) November 17, 2019
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