There was a hearing on reparations for slavery on Capitol Hill this week. Many people spoke, but one person knocked it out of the park.
Former NFL star Burgess Owens, suggested that the Democratic party, being the party that supported slavery, should pay black Americans.
The Daily Caller has details:
BURGESS OWENS: DEMOCRATIC PARTY SHOULD PAY RESTITUTION TO BLACK AMERICANS
Former NFL player Burgess Owens suggested the Democratic Party should pay reparations to black Americans in congressional testimony Wednesday, because of the “misery” that party has brought to his race.
“I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race,” Owens, now an author and Fox News contributor said, before going into an in depth review of some of those miseries, for him personally as a descendant of slaves and for black Americans over decades.
“I do not believe in reparations,” he added. “Because what reparations does is, it points to a certain race, a certain color, and points them as evil and points the other race, my race, as one that is not only becomes racist, but also beggars.”
“I do believe in restitution,” he continued. “Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40% of our black babies, 20 million of them.”
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This brought out some strong reactions on Twitter:
Burgess Owens: “How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race”
What a novel idea—members of the Democrat Party (the Party of slavery, KKK, and Jim Crow laws) should resign. Those are the reparations we can all get behind. 💕
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) June 19, 2019
Burgess Owens just left the democratic party scratching their heads.
— Frogsknowbest (@frogsknowbest) June 19, 2019
That was incredible insight.
— BEN SUNDERLIN (@SunderlinBen) June 19, 2019
A smattering of applause from the audience when Burgess Owens says “open borders” and illegal immigration is bad for black workers pic.twitter.com/KJXKjg7zD1
— Clyde McGrady (@CAMcGrady) June 19, 2019