Skip to comments.Mayoral debate gets heated when slave reparations come up (Chicago)
Posted on 02/10/2011 6:43:40 AM PST by KeyLargo
Mayoral debate gets heated when slave reparations come up
Sam Hudzik February 10, 2011
All six candidates for Chicago mayor claim they support reparations for descendants of United State slaves, but they have different definitions of what that means.
The topic came up at a debate Wednesday evening sponsored by the Chicago Defender newspaper at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Intermixed with questions about schools, the city budget, recidivism and Tax increment Financing districts, was the question about reparations.
Some of the answers, which follow below, include perhaps the most heated rhetoric of the evening.
Carol Moseley Braun
Braun gave a very straightforward answer that highlighted her past support for reparations and other civil rights issues, such as those involving the Confederate flag and the Underground Railroad.
Chico said he would support reparations "perhaps to help children augment their education...I'd like to see more money put into a pool to develop our businesses into our communities."
Emanuel said he would support reparations, but added, "I think we have to be honest and frank with ourselves, we have a budget deficit that also needs to be addressed." Emanuel then said there are "clear choices" to be made on education, criminal justice and economic development policy, which will "mak[e] sure that we reverse the social and economic trends that have set major parts of the city and major population centers backward."
Bill "Dock" Walls
Walls said he supports reparations, but is not in favor of "educational reparations" because he said seniors may not benefit from them. He also worries that the educational system would be overloaded, potentially creating "substandard educational institutions just to have educational institutions." Walls said reparations need to be financial. "Don't give it to them under guarded circumstances as though African Americans can't take care of their own finances, like they're going to go out and buy Mercedes Benz and Cadillacs," Walls said.
Patricia Van Pelt Watkins
Watkins said she is "definitely" in support of reparations, before going on the attack in one of the most applause-inducing moments of the debate. "When I hear Rahm Emanuel talking about a budget deficit when we're talking about reparations, to me that's offensive," Watkins said. "This country was built on our backs, the backs of our ancestors. They bled, they died, they came in chains and they died in pain. So don't talk to me about budget deficits right now. Not on this subject." (Emanuel did not respond to Watkins' comments during the debate.)
Miguel del Valle
"I believe that we need to build up our neighborhoods through economic development and the government needs to be a real partner in that process," del Valle said. He talked of "elevating the quality of public education," and providing job training "to elevate the economic status of the entire community." He also called for a federally-funded year-round youth employment program. Pressed by Walls to comment directly about reparations, del Valle replied, "In my mind, that is reparations - elevating the entire community."
I support reparations also, along with a free boat ticket to the African country of origin.
Can someone tell me why this would be an issue in the Chicago maor’s race? Surely, the City of Chicago isn’t going to pay these and even if they wanted to and had the money, who would they pay them to? Last I heard, Chicago wasn’t a hot bed of Slavery.
For past or current participants?
Will they have to PROVE they are a descendent of a slave? Doubtful.
Whites = Suckers
Now why would you ask a question like that? You know they gotta show dere bonefides.
You know Vanessa Williams did research into her background and discovered that her ancestor was never a slave. This assumption that all blacks were slave descendants is fallacious.
I think they owe me reparations for the last 50 years of Great Society BS. I want my money back.
“Chicago. We’re not Detroit, but we’ll get there!”
Hell, some of my ancestors came here as indentured servants, should I start chasing down the descendents of those my ancestors had to work for?
How long are some people going to sit around whining before they get off their butts and do something to better themselves?
I'd rather send money to North Korea, that is slavery!
How many of these descendants of slaves who think America has given them such a raw deal want to go back to Africa?
“All six candidates for Chicago mayor claim they support reparations for descendants of United State slaves,”
Chicago is a lost cause.
I support voluntary repatriations for all Chicago mayoral candidates. Hell won’t accept them until they’re dead, though.
This assumes that the problems African-Americans face today are caused by the fact that they may or may not have had ancestors who were slaves.
Basically, it’s a scam. It’s handing money to people who never were slaves, are far removed from slavery, or never really had slave ancestors.
If this line starts, in all serious to take hold—
...and we are now in full throttle to require American taxpayers to financially compensate every human being for any institutional disadvantage and discrimination experienced by their distant ancestors...
Just IMAGINE what 50% of the population could claim (women):
It took until the same century that we put a man on the moon, that we gave *women*/aka “chattal”, authentic control over their destiny by providing them the citizen’s rightful opportunity to participate in free elections by casting their own vote—which is inextricably linked to the derivative opportunity to build independent wealth...
hmm, now how does one begin to calculate a reparative award on that?? We are talking far more punitive time and sum of people than the exclusive black demographic!
What a RIDICULOUSLY SLIPPERY SLOPE.
THIS IS MADNESS.