Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson drafted his request for payment of $ 14 trillion in compensation to African Americans Monday on “Special Report.”
Johnson told host Bret Baier that Americans need to look at the time that goes into “total context.”
“Part of that context is that people have the right to protest when they see injustice. It goes all the way back to Dr. Martin Luther King,” he said. “But on the other hand, we have to go to the root cause of people protesting that lead to violence, whether it is agitated violence or just violence because people feel frustrated and bitter.”
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Johnson cited the Kerner Commission’s report on the 1967 race, which famously stated: “Our nation is moving toward two communities, one black, one white – separate and uneven.”
“For me,” Johnson said, “the root cause is the economic inequality that African Americans as a whole face in this nation and if we do not act aggressively to solve that problem … this riot will be the basis for future riots if we do not solve that problem. “
Baier asked Johnson who would be responsible for providing $ 14 trillion in compensation and how the United States can afford it in a time of financial turmoil.
“Taxpayers will pay for this, especially for two reasons,” Johnson replied. “One, it’s a reconciliation for 200-plus years of slavery, segregation, Jim Crowism and denial of people’s opportunities. But the result of that payment would be to get African Americans equal to white Americans in terms of opportunity, wealth and income.
“Instead of seeing it as a payment, look at it as an investment in 40 million African Americans who deserve equal treatment and equal opportunities.”
Johnson added that the return on that investment would include more African Americans who “take responsibility for building their communities. [and] families [and] to become successful entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who pay taxes and contribute to society. “
“But unless White America realizes the need for compensation to reconcile this, this country will always be …” separate and unequal “.”
In response, Baier played a 2019 clip of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Who said America had tried to deal with “its original slavery sin” by fighting a civil war with the pro-slavery confederation and passing civil rights legislation and elections. by US President Barack Obama.
“No one currently living was responsible for it [slavery], “Said McConnell.” And I don’t think we should try to figure out how to compensate – first, it would be difficult to figure out who to compensate for.
Baier also read a 1975 Joe Biden quote in which the then U.S. the senator said he does not feel “responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather, but I feel responsible for the sins of my own generation. And I will be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.”
“I look this way,” Johnson replied. “… We have tested every recipe as a senator [McConnell] has argued that Joe Biden has argued and that President Trump could submit. We talked about let’s educate African Americans. We’ve talked about let’s build inner cities … and invest in apprenticeship and education. The end result, Bret, is none of what has ever worked, he said.
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“I think there is a problem,” Johnson added, “and this is what I believe is the reason, that White America has an inability to embrace the notion that slavery’s original sin deserves some compensation. My argument is that there is no problems by trying to make a cash payment to 40 million African Americans to allow them to achieve equality that has been denied to them for over 200 years. “
“If Elon Musk can put a rocket ship on the moon; we have some of the brightest senses in business and information and data analytics,” he concluded. “There is nothing in this country except the way of thinking that black Americans do not deserve cash compensation that prevents this from happening.”