Conservatives are telling Black Americans not to believe Democrats promising them reparations, but that they are being manipulated in a “cynical bait and switch” for votes.
“I would tell every Black American who believes that the Democrats will come up with a policy that will solve all their problems, and that money will solve all of their problems, to dig into the history,” former Princeton professor Dr. Carol Swain told Fox News Digital. “Look at the people who are making those promises. Have they come through in the past? Why do you believe them now?”
The growing demand for reparations to atone for the harms of slavery is being led by politicians at the state and local level, with cities like Los Angeles; St. Louis; Providence, Rhode Island; and Asheville, North Carolina, forming commissions to help create reparations pilot programs.
“They promise the moon, they deliver nothing, and it’s more of the same,” she added.
Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock said the call for reparations is not new but is being brought back to life to further polarize an already divided America.
California Reparations Task Force recommended $1.2 million in payments to every qualifying Black state resident earlier this month. The panel’s entire proposal is estimated to cost more than double the state’s overall budget. A proposed plan in San Francisco is estimated to cost over $100 billion.
“It’s a foolish idea,” Robinson said. “It’s not going to be possible to pay for these programs, and quite frankly, I don’t believe the people who are talking about it want to pay.”
“These blue cities are going to throw away money, do whatever they can, because they cannot be trusted with the purse,” Swain told Fox News Digital. “It would be so much better if they focused on improving the lives of the citizens, the Black citizens they pretend to care about.”
She said Republicans need to do a better job speaking out against ideas like reparations.