What do Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro, and Marianne Williamson have in common? All are Democratic candidates for president in 2020. And all have indicated some support for reparations to the descendants of slaves and in Warren’s case, also to Native Americans.
Let me say, here and now, that I do not support and will not willingly help pay for reparations for things that happened one or two centuries ago. I once wrote “me and mine did nothing to you and yours” (people alive today) and therefore I owe you neither an apology nor reparations.
In other words, when I start trying to sort out the umpteen Democratic candidates, the idea of reparations might be a good place to start. There is simply no equitable way to determine who should get what or how much for something that happened so long ago.
I remember when I lived in upstate New York there were local rumblings of the tribes there wanting their land back. How on earth was that supposed to work? Give Albany back to the Mohawks? Give the whole state back to the Iroquois Confederation?
Warren in particular is digging an even deeper hole for herself. She’s made a hash of the whole Native American issue (with a lot of help from the GOP) and now she wants to champion reparations for them? Why? As an apology? As a way to substantiate her claims of Indian blood? To gain Native American votes?
As for the other three, I’m willing to consider Harris and Castro. And I’ve never even heard of Williamson. I’m trying to keep an open mind, but I really don’t want to hear any more about reparations.