>Obama: no to reparations

>From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.

The man with a serious chance to become the nation’s first black president argues that government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all.

“I have said in the past ā€” and I’ll repeat again ā€” that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed,” the Illinois Democrat said recently.

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I can honestly say I’m not surprised by Sen. Obama’s stance. Black politicians who are seeking broad support (i.e., running for president) can not say they are for reparations and expect to win. It’s a sure way for black politicians to commit political suicide among mainstream America.

Sen. Obama went on to say that he would support efforts that will not only help minorities, but others who are struggling:

“If we have a program, for example, of universal health care, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because they’re disproportionately uninsured,” Obama said. “If we’ve got an agenda that says every child in America should get ā€” should be able to go to college, regardless of income, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because it’s oftentimes our children who can’t afford to go to college.”

What do you think of Sen. Obama’s position on reparations?