Conservative Commentator Pat Buchanan Blasts The Left For Demanding Race-Based Reparations

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Conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan laughs during his radio show in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 1995 . Buchanan is moving closer to a 1996 White House run, aides say a Buchanan exploratory committee would be filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

Conservative Commentator Pat Buchanan is speaking out against Democrats who have backed the idea of race-based reparations.

Currently three of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — California Senator Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro — have voiced their support for government reparations for Black Americans to confront centuries of oppression due to racism.

Harris said in a statement to the New York Times: “We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities,” she explained. “I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in Black communities.”

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“Similarly, Elizabeth Warren conveyed her support for government reparations in a statement to the Washington Post, explaining the need to institute ‘systemic, structural changes’ to support Black families. The senator focused on her housing plan, which aims to address discriminatory mortgage tactics and provide more low-income renting options for people of color,” Complex reported.

“We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences including undermining the ability of black families to build wealth in America for generations,” Warren said. She is also the first candidate to propose reparations for Native Americans.

Here’s want Buchanan said on his website about the idea of race based reparations: “That black Americans are handicapped by their history in this country, and cannot accumulate wealth as easily, and require compensatory reparations for slavery and segregation, is more than a controversial assertion.”

He wondered how compensation would be divided among Blacks who have white ancestry, such as Barack Obama, he said. He also added, “If slavery and segregation explain the disparity in wealth between Black and white in the U.S., what explains the equally wide disparity in wealth between Hispanics and Asians?”

According to Buchanan, it’s also a political move by the Left. “By pushing for compensatory reparations, Warren and Harris may be helping themselves, but they are further splitting their party along the lines of ethnicity and race and elevating an issue certain to divide their country more than it already is,” he said.