Former President Barack Obama recently spoke in favor of reparations in a podcast with Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen asked Obama if reparations were “justified”, his simple answer: “yes.”
Obama claims that he would have pushed for reparations during his own presidency had he not expected to be met with “white resentment” and “the politics of white resistance.”
Obama justified his support for reparations by claiming that the power and wealth of the United States was created in “significant part… on the backs of slaves.”
According to the Associated Press, the Biden administration has also been seeking a study into the matter of reparations.
But the idea of reparations must clear a higher hurdle than “white resistance.” Becky Noble of Political Insider points out that the supermajority of Americans oppose the idea. At the peak of collective concern about racial inequality in the summer of 2020, polls performed by Reuters showed “that only 20% of Americans supported reparations.”
Multiple non-white figures have come out in opposition to reparations.
NFL player Herschel Walker says “Reparations teach separation.”
— The Hill (@thehill) February 18, 2021
Leo Terrell, a civil rights attorney spoke out against reparations on Twitter.
Obama is pandering to Socialists by supporting reparations. Not a single dime of taxpayers’ money should be awarded because of slavery. The concept is racist and unconstitutional. Just another attempt by Socialists to play the “white guilt card”
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) February 25, 2021