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Black conservatives warn reparations are a ‘scheme’ to gain votes: ‘Promise the moon’ then ‘deliver nothing’

Democrats pushing for reparations should instead focus on fixing decaying cities, conservatives say

Conservatives are telling Black Americans not to believe Democrats promising them reparations, but that they are being manipulated in a “cynical bait and switch” for votes. 

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“I would tell every Black American who believes that the Democrats will come up with a policy that will solve all their problems, and that money will solve all of their problems, to dig into the history,” former Princeton professor, Dr. Carol Swain, told Fox News Digital. “Look at the people who are making those promises. Have they come through in the past? Why do you believe them now?”

The growing demand for reparations to atone for the harms of slavery is being led by politicians at the state and local level, with cities like Los Angeles, California; St. Louis, Missouri; Providence, Rhode Island; Asheville, North Carolina forming commissions to help create reparations pilot programs.

On a federal level, Rep. Cori Bush D-Mo., alongside several other progressive lawmakers, unveiled the Reparations NOW resolution last week, calling for $14 trillion in reparations for Black Americans. 

Swain said Democrats are supporting reparations “not because they care about Black people,” but because they believe it will help them at the ballot box. 

“The Democrats – this is what they do,” Swain said. “They see this as a way to get Black Americans all excited about 2024, believing that if they elect a Democrat president, that somehow that person will push it through Congress.”

“They promise the moon, they deliver nothing, and it’s more of the same,” she added. 

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Dr. Carol Swain
Dr. Carol Swain
Dr. Carol Swain is a Distinguished Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a former tenured professor at Vanderbilt and Princeton universities. Her most recent books are Black Eye for America: How Critical Race Theory is Burning Down the House (Co-authored with Dr. Chris Schorr, 2021) and Countercultural Living: What Jesus Has to Say about Life, Marriage, Race, Gender, and Materialism (2021).


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