During an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, a former ACLU executive is slamming Democrats who are calling for reparations, and calling them “buffoons.”
Vanity Fair reported that Democrats have long dodged questions about reparations, but at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference in New York City this week, the once-radioactive issue was front and center. Beto O’Rourke, who is running for president on a vague but upbeat message of common-sense solutions, responded with an unequivocal “yes” when asked whether he would support a bill put forward by a fellow Texan, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, to study reparations.
Other Democratic candidates were similarly forthright in endorsing some form of reparations (more on that later). Another Texan, former HUD secretary Julián Castro, was perhaps the most blunt: “There are many things that we need to do in this country that have been a long time in coming, and one of those is to move forward with reparations,” he said.
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Former ACLU Executive Committee member Michael Meyers criticized the slavery reparations movement as “sheer racial rhetoric” and “buffoonery.”
Appearing on Friday night’s edition of “The Ingraham Angle,” Meyers also slammed civil rights leader Al Sharpton, who last week made it a point to directly ask Democratic presidential candidates who appeared at his National Action Network conference whether or not they would support a bill to study the issue.
“Of course, it is,” Meyers said, responding to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s request to explain why he thinks the movement is a “scam.” “It is more of the blame Whitey movement mania and madness. Sheer racial rhetoric, and that’s what you get with Al Sharpton’s so-called house of justice.”
At that house of so-called justice, you have either a horror picture show showing or you have a farce. Either way it is not to be taken seriously. I can’t understand how serious presidential contenders can give legitimacy to a racial blowhard and I think it is outrageous and silly on the part of the presidential candidates. Anybody who thinks that white Americans are going to take the blame or going to feel guilty or give their land and their property away in some sort of reparations pot because they feel responsibility for the sins of their forebears. They are not.
“I cannot take Al Sharpton seriously,” he continued. “The whole racial movement is anti-intellectual. It is unintelligent. I can’t take buffoonery seriously …”