A guest’s take on reparations for black Americans and whether or not it will become a mainstream position among Democrats raised questions among some viewers during Thursday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight.
“When Kamala Harris says people are not starting from the same point — slavery was abolished a century and a half ago. Nobody alive today has a grandparent who was a slave,” Canadian author and columnist Mark Steyn said. “And in that sense, I think you reach a point where, you know, you need to move on.”
Viewers on Twitter were quick to refute some of Steyn’s facts.
My dad is 74. His grandmother was a slave. So yes people alive today are direct descendants. The misinformation continues.
— MissCandyKiss (@MissCandyKiss) February 22, 2019
My 90-year-old dad, who’s alive and well, had a grandfather born in 1855.
He’s obviously wrong and nasty on so many levels.
— Richard Kallenbach (@RichardKbach) February 22, 2019
So many people just dont understand the lasting impact of slavery, and the decades of discrimination that followed. Being denied the right to vote, own land, get a job, buy a home, or go to school has lasting, generational consequences. Read a book @TuckerCarlson.
— Andy T (@VoteAndy) February 22, 2019
“No one alive today has a grandparent who was a slave.”
TWO of former Virginia @GovernorWilder ‘s grandparents were slaves. He’s alive at 88.
— Cornell William Brooks (@CornellWBrooks) February 22, 2019
Others didn’t see the value in reparations.
— Richard Jarzynka (@YaZhynka) February 22, 2019
yeah well then let her friggen pay them. I have NO DAMN GUILT about what happened 150 to 300 years ago – screw her!!!!!!!!!!!!@SenKamalaHarris wants reparations – go talk to the Dutch – it was their trade
— apppro (@apppro1) February 22, 2019
— Jacob forsythe (@Jacobforsythe5) February 22, 2019
@TuckerCarlson #reparations? How many Americans died to free the #slaves? How many generations, lands, and lost invome resulted from those lost family members dying to free those slaves. Families of freed slaves should be paying us, for the rest of their lives!!! #Freeeeedoooom!
— Ida Jo (@ida_jo1911) February 22, 2019
Steyn went on to say that it would be “disturbing” if reparations possibly become a mainstream platform.
“The reparations thing, eventually as the decades go by becomes ridiculous,” Steyn said. “I’m Canadian I think you guys should give us reparations because if you hadn’t had the revolution, we’d have the whole continent would now be Canada.”
Host Carlson summed up the reparations conversation with just a few words.
“It’s all so bad, though. It’s really divisive.”
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