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I have discussed, from time to time, how stupid the whole idea of “muh reparations” is. It’s pleasing to see that California voters agree, returning some stunning poll results in reply to the once and former-Golden State’s idiotic California Reparations Task Force Report.
The majority of California voters oppose offering cash reparations to the descendants of African American slaves, a new poll has found.
Fifty-nine percent of California voters oppose cash payments, while 29% of voters support the idea, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll that was cosponsored by the Los Angeles Times. A total of four-in-ten respondents reported they “strongly” oppose cash reparations.
The poll comes after Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill in 2020 that established the California Reparations Task Force, which was launched to explore how the state could lead the nation on a potential reparations program.
Do I really need to point out that slavery was never legal in California? Not to worry; America’s own walking “hair products for men” spokesman, Gavin Newsom, has an explanation:
“As a nation, we can only truly thrive when every one of us has the opportunity to thrive. Our painful history of slavery has evolved into structural racism and bias built into and permeating throughout our democratic and economic institutions,” Newsom said at the time. “California’s rich diversity is our greatest asset, and we won’t turn away from this moment to make right the discrimination and disadvantages that Black Californians and people of color still face.”
What an utter and steaming load of absolute codswallop, balderdash, flapdoodle and poppycock.
There is no justification – none – for paying reparations for slavery to people who have never been slaves, after taking the money away from people who have never owned slaves.
Have there been injustices in the past? Yes. If not, there’s a good chance I’d be living now in the Scottish Highlands, given that several of my Jacobite ancestors wouldn’t have found it necessary to flee to the New World to keep the English from removing their heads. Examples abound, but for some reason no one talks seriously about reparations for the Irish for all the years that the English literally treated them as second- or third-class citizens.
Let’s be honest: California Democrats are, as politicians in general always do, pandering to a certain demographic (which one is left as an exercise to the reader) to implement one of the most transparent and egregious vote-buying schemes in modern history. Rightly, it seems, California voters are seeing through the scam.
Whether this overstep will result in California voters spewing the Democrat Party out of their mouths is another issue; frankly I’m not too sanguine about that prospect.