Black conservative: Dems see us as victims needing to be rescued
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)
Black conservative war veteran Rob Smith gave several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates the opportunity to back up the social justice ideals they were proclaiming on the campaign trail. He asked them if they would reward him “reparations” for slavery on the spot … and none gave him a dime.
He saw this denial as confirmation the Democratic Party gives the black community mere lip service to pander their vote.
Smith, who is a contributor for Turning Point USA, approached Democratic presidential hopefuls at the Iowa State Fair. One of those was spiritual self-help guru Marianne Williamson, who has proposed up to half a trillion dollars in relief to African Americans over slavery that ended more than 150 years ago.
“What I have proposed is $200 to $500 billion – I think anything less than $100 billion is an insult,” Williamson told The Hill in April, calling for a board of trustees to determine the actual amount to pay for racism that she says is no longer prevalent. “I don’t think the average American is a racist – actually, I don’t at all, but I do think the average American is vastly undereducated – underinformed about the real history of race in the United States.”
Exposing Democrats’ true social justice motive?
Smith, who also serves as a Republican analyst, wanted to prove a point about the Democratic Party that he believes most African Americans fail to realize – that they play the race card to score political points with minorities … not to tangibly improve their lives.
Smith – who personally does not support the idea of reparations – [said] that he and TPUSA chief creative officer Benny Johnson "came up with the idea to ask the question, as they thought it would be a fun and interesting video while also pointing out the ways in which Democrats pander to black Americans,” Breitbart News reported.
“I just wanted to satirize it a little bit, while doing something that also got my point across,” Smith told Breitbart.
According to Smith, his encounter with New Age author Williamson particularly stood out.
“I will say that Marianne Williamson – bless her heart – she really did take the time to talk to me about the whole thing,” Smith noted. “Do I want her as my president? No. Do I want her as my spiritual adviser? Maybe.”
As a former pastor in the Unity Church, an anti-war protester of the 1970s, and a social justice warrior, the 67-year-old’s take on black Americans oppression didn’t connect with Smith.
“But even Marianne Williamson – who took the time to talk about reparations – she and I had a conversation, and she said something along the lines of, ‘Just because you got out doesn’t mean that everyone else did,’” Smith recounted. “Well, I didn’t ‘get out’ of anything. I served in the military, and I had the same opportunities that all Americans have.”
Smith argues that social justice activist Democrats do more to debilitate than empower black Americans.
“They still cannot relieve themselves of the idea that black people are perpetual victims in need of their rescue – even when they have the best intentions,” Smith impressed.
And it's "always what’s best for thee isn’t best for me," he says, when Democrats are asked if they'd be willing to give their own money for redistribution to blacks.
“... And the thing about reparations that no one ever addresses is that this comes from taxpayer dollars,” Smith asserted. “So, what about black people who are working and paying taxes? I think it’s just ridiculous – and it’s a lazy, lazy way to attract the black vote, while at the same time, black Americans know that they are being completely sold out for illegal immigrants.”
According to the conservative Iraq War veteran, those conversations never happen together. “I think they are just building a big tent of victim groups, and assuming that none of these victims groups talk to each other, or have competing ideas and thoughts," he stated.
He adds that when he approached the candidates, they mistook him for a leftist because he is an African American.
“The interesting thing, to me, in dealing with all of those Democrats – there weren’t a whole lot of black people at the fair – [was that] every time one of these candidates saw me, their eyes would light up, and then when I hit them with the [reparations] question, they didn’t know what to do,” Smith recounted from his experience at the fair.
Other people’s money …
Breitbart backs up Smith's encounters at the fair. “A total of zero Democrat presidential candidates were willing to give the TPUSA contributor his ‘reparations’ on the spot at the Iowa State Fair,” Breitbart’s Alana Mastrangelo noted.
“Some candidates, such as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) simply said, ‘no,’ while others circumvented Smith’s question, such as Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who said, ‘this is a conversation we need to have as a country.’”
The Democratic candidates, he found, in general appeared reluctant to respond when he asked them to back up their policies. “There was a lot of nervous laughter, and kicking the can down the road -- and these are the same answers they’re going to give black Americans after they have their votes,” Smith shared with Breitbart.
TPUSA founder and executive director Charlie Kirk called Democrats out on their hypocrisy.
“2020 Democrats are campaigning on slavery reparations,” Kirk tweeted Thursday. ”If they truly believed black Americans were oppressed, wouldn’t they be willing to give them out on the spot? @robsmithonline asked: [‘Can I have my reparations right now?’] Democrats said no. They’re not just hypocrites – they’re frauds.”
Joining the reparations club
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), has also championed reparations and other expensive socialist programs such as her multibillion-dollar Green New Deal, paying off college debt, Medicare-for-all and free benefits for illegal immigrants – looking to put everything on taxpayers’ tab.
She made her push for reparations clear while speaking at the Al Sharpton-sponsored National Action Network convention in New York in April.
“That is the moral political and economic underpinning of making bold investments and dignified jobs because that is the necessary plan to fix the pipes in Flint [Michigan] and clean the air in the South Bronx, and create unionized energy jobs for transitioning workers in Appalachia and West Virginia, for single-payer health care and Medicare-for-all and tuition-free public colleges and universities to prepare our nation for the future, and for the end of mass incarceration, the war on drugs, examining and pursuing an agenda of reparations and fixing the opioid crisis, too,” AOC proclaimed, according to Fox News .
Ocasio-Cortez and fellow "Squad" members Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) are all on board with Democratic presidential candidates promoting reparations for blacks.
Other Democratic candidates seeking the Oval Office who have added reparations to their platforms include Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
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