Yes, there are still people – actual elected representatives – who think that the U.S. government owes modern-day African-Americans reparations for slavery. One might have thought that such a ridiculous idea would have been killed off by natural selection in this age of reason and enlightenment, but this just goes to show you the sticking power of identity politics. When you elect someone like Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, whose only purpose in life is to play the race card, this is the kind of insanity that starts spreading throughout the Democratic Party.
During a debate on a tax bill on the Missouri Senate floor this week, Chappelle-Nadal said there was really “no difference” between white Democrats and Republicans, because neither party had done enough to help black people. And since “helping black people” is the only purpose of U.S. politics as far as Chappelle-Nadal is concerned, Democrats like Sen. Claire McCaskill can only be chalked up to failures.
“Neither one of them give a heck about the black community,” she said. “Only the votes.”
Yeah, well, she’s probably got a point about Democrats there, but we shudder to think about what kind of policies the party would propose if it actually did feel fearful of losing the black vote. Actually, we don’t have to wonder, because Chappelle-Nadal has a few suggestions of her own. She wants Democrats like McCaskill to take the fight for reparations to Washington, because that’s apparently the only thing that can help the poor African-Americans in her district finally lift themselves out of the gutter.
“In Boone County, Missouri, in Callaway County, Missouri — what my family contributed to making the state what it is today is incredible, and my family deserves way more than what it is getting today,” Chappelle-Nadal said.
No. Your family didn’t contribute jack-all to making the state what it is today. Your ancestors may have, but no one that’s currently living in your family did. So what money, exactly, are they entitled to? Does this woman live in some alternate reality where the descendants of slave owners are making a killing each year off cotton residuals? She can’t be that dense, but we wonder where all of this money is supposed to come from? Only from those who have slave owners in their lineage? From all white people? Would that include whites who later moved here from Europe? We’d be very curious to see Chappelle-Nadal come up with a workable proposal.
Then again, we’re talking about the woman who thought it was a good idea to ruminate on the idea of assassinating President Trump on Facebook last year, so we probably shouldn’t expect too much.