The argument can be made that the dirty little secret behind the radical left’s hate-filled, Marxist-inspired critical race theory is that it’s a trojan horse, with the end goal being reparations for black Americans.
While the goal is for a massive reparations program from the federal government, which could come with a price tag as high as $17 trillion, if not more, the left’s racially divisive efforts to convince the nation that systemic racism is rampant in America and that all white people are inherently racist seems to be paying off piecemeal.
The small town of Amherst, Mass., looks to be the second community in America to agree to pay reparations, with the town council voting 12-1 to create a fund that “will be used for making restitution to black residents for past harms against them and leading to a process of reconciliation,” the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported.
The account is empty at the moment, but town finance officials produced a plan that looks to “put $210,000 into the account later this year when free cash is certified,” the article noted.
The council also approved the forming of the African Heritage Reparations Assembly, to develop a reparations plan by Oct. 31, according to the Gazette — the assembly will consist of six black residents and a representative from Reparations for Amherst, a local advocacy group.
Michele Miller, a white liberal, co-founded Reparations for Amherst and she said the reparations fund sets the foundation for equity in Amherst, according to the paper.
“On Monday night the Town of Amherst, MA Town Council voted in favor of creating a stabilization fund to be used for reparations, and a committee to study and develop reparations proposals,” Miller said on the group’s Facebook page. “We look forward to supporting the African Heritage Community to implement a robust and sustainable reparative plan.”
Reparations advocates in Amherst reportedly looked to Evanston, Ill., which became the first city in America to make reparations available to black residents in March, as the city voted 8-1 to approve the plan.
Intent on accounting for the sin of slavery, the plan will distribute $400,000 to eligible households, making available up to $25,000 for home repairs or down payments on property. Evanston anticipates that $10 million will be doled out over 10 years, and will use a 3% tax on recreational marijuana sales and “donations” to pay for it.
Like Amherst, Evanston is a mostly white college town filled with liberals. The 2010 U.S. Census showed that 5.4% of the Amherst population was black, while Evanston’s population was 18.1% black.
In what could quickly become a trend, there are currently a number of other cities and towns considering reparations, according to various reports.
Reparations, where people who have never owned slaves are expected to compensate people who have never been held in servitude, may not be talked about much when it comes to critical race theory, but that doesn’t mean people are not calling attention to it.
Sioux City Journal columnist Linda Holub wrote about it in September 2020.
“CRT’s base premise is that all white people contribute to racism and are not supportive of tearing down racist institutions. As innocuous as this theory may sound, it acts like a tool for re-education,” she wrote. “Because CRT has infiltrated education and government, it is not a stretch to understand the appeal to educated young people to join an effort to end what they believe to be inherent racism.”
“It is still surprising to see them accept the violence and destruction of personal property, but if they are taught the white population and capitalism are irredeemable and must pay reparations for their past sins, then that behavior can be understood,” Holub continued.
Dr. Greg Ganske, a retired Iowa surgeon who served in Congress from 1995 to 2002, sounded a warning just last month.
“CRT’s call for ‘equity’ doesn’t sound threatening because it sounds like ‘equality,’ but there is a huge difference,” he wrote. “Equality of opportunity is very different from ‘equity.’ Equality of opportunity means that all have a chance to succeed. CRT ‘equity’ means that everyone gets equal rewards. Note the Marxist tones.”
“CRT criticizes even affirmative action as simply ‘transitional assistance’ that gets in the way of permanent reparations and is thus racist, too,” Ganske added.
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