By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) When actors and actresses have made their fortune and they no longer have to scrimp, save, and bust ass to land a job, they generally become ‘political activists’ and almost always stump for Left-wing causes.
As successful an actor as there is, Danny Glover doesn’t need to work these days as he did three decades ago when he Mel Gibson were making the “Lethal Weapon” series a major brand. So he has lots of time for political activism.
It’s just too bad that he is choosing to use his fame for an issue that feeds into some of the worst stereotypes about the black community.
On Tuesday Glover became the latest notable black figure to claim American citizens today somehow owe blacks billions of dollars in slavery reparations.
Legislation has once again been introduced in the House and Senate to establish a “commission” to ‘study’ the issue of reparations, as PJ Media noted:
Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is the lead sponsor of H.R. 40. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is the lead sponsor of the Senate version of the bill. “The purpose of the hearing is to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice,” read a House Judiciary Committee press release.
Glover called the hearing on H.R. 40 an “important step” in the struggle to repair the “damages inflicted by enslavement and post-emancipation and racial exclusionary policies.”
During his testimony, Glover — the great-grandson of a slave — said that a “national reparations policy” for descendants of slaves is “a moral, democratic and economic imperative” to address “structural racism” that limits “full democratic participation and material advancement of African Americans.”
He added that reparations would “repair the damages of legally and often religiously sanctioned inhumanity of slavery, segregation and current structural racism that limit full democratic participation and material advancement of African Americans and of our country’s progress as a beacon of justice and equality.”
Let’s take a look at the purpose of the hearing and Glover’s allegations, which don’t differ significantly from similar ones made by other blacks in recent years.
First and foremost, it goes without saying that at a horrendous cost of some 700,000 American lives, slavery was eradicated from America nearly 170 years ago in a civil war that nearly split the nation in two permanently.
Since then, there have been constitutional amendments, laws, and federal policies ratified and approved to both outlaw indentured servitude and to integrate blacks fully as equal members of American society.
In fact, some can successfully argue that civil rights laws that long ago established quotas for blacks (and other minorities) in employment, academia, sports, and other segments of society go above and beyond the Constitution’s “equality” mandate. Adopted to atone for our country’s ‘original sin’ of slavery, these laws and policies are now a source of anger and resentment for scores of Americans who don’t dare speak out over fears of being labeled “racist!”
Glover claims that blacks don’t have “full democratic participation” opportunities in 2019 America due to existing “structural racism.” But as usual, he and other blacks who make such claims can’t and won’t point to specific instances where, by law, blacks are discriminated against, denied opportunities, and continue to be treated as second-class citizens.
In fact, there is no law on the books today anywhere that officially sanctions the kind of racism and discrimination that Glover claims still exists. That includes “racial exclusionary policies.” We just don’t have them anymore and haven’t for more than a century.
As for ‘repairing the damage done by slavery,’ how, pray tell, would money accomplish that? Furthermore, how can anyone hold Americans today liable for a 19th-century social sin?
The reason why ‘race’ continues to be such an issue in America is that black activists like Danny Glover, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Marc Lamont Hill, and scores more African American race hustlers won’t let this issue be resolved.
No matter how many policies are adopted, laws are passed, or constitutional amendments are ratified, it’s never been enough. And it is never going to be enough.
If they were, then race hustlers like Sharpton and Jackson wouldn’t have anywhere near the influence they still have. The 1960s and 1970s civil rights movement has been over for half a century, yet they’re still around claiming ‘nothing’s changed’ and ‘we’re still discriminated against.’
That’s why forcing Americans today to fork over billions of dollars to blacks who have never experienced slavery first-hand, let alone know someone who did, is not just ludicrous. It is racially inflammatory in and of itself. And divisive.
If ever there was a time when ‘the country’ owed blacks reparations, that day has long since passed. Today’s America offers a plethora of opportunities for everyone who seeks them. Skin color doesn’t matter. What does still count, however, is hard work, determination, drive, ambition, and the will to succeed.
And even then, if you’re a minority, you will get additional special treatment just because of your ethnicity.
You know, just like whites used to get, and which blacks used to rightfully complain about.
The reparations push isn’t going anywhere like it hasn’t gone anywhere in the past. Nevertheless, bringing the issue up, again and again, is only keeping racism alive and well in a country that has done everything right in trying to vanquish it.
Shame on multi-millionaire Danny Glover, who seems to have done alright in such a racist, bigoted country, and the other reparations scam artists for that.
Only the congressional race hustlers who scheduled the hearing in the first place share more blame. How dare they waste time on this nonsense when the border is under siege, Iran is making moves in the Persian Gulf, and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement still hasn’t been approved.
- Follow Jon Dougherty on Twitter at @JonDougherty10
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