Country’s first black billionaire says reparations are needed to “atone” for our racist history

America’s first black billionaire, Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television is calling for reparations for black Americans.

Johnson argues that these are needed to “atone” for the country’s racist past.

Johnson said “Reparations would require the entire country to … admit that the result of slavery has been 200 years of systemic racism, and for that reason, black folks have been denied $13-$15 trillion of wealth, and therefore, we as a country now must atone by paying black people of all stripes — the rich ones, the poor ones, and the middle — out of our pocket,”

He then argued that current proposals such as housing grants and teaching of critical race theory are meant only to sidestep true reparations..

“That’s what’s happening to the reparations — it’s been cut up into small pieces of things that look and feel like, ‘We want to end systemic racism, we want to end police brutality and shootings, and to provide financing to black small-business owners,’” Johnson argued. “And then, people can say, ‘Well, we really don’t need reparations because when you put all of these things together, it’s reparations. It’s just not one big bill or asking this country to stand up and apologize, and you’re not asking people to pay out of their paychecks.”

“With no doubt whatsoever, it was supposed to come from the government representing the people of the country,” he added. “It was reimbursement, or recompense if you will, for the harm.”