One More Defense of Coleman Hughes

How Reparations Doesn’t Address America’s Problems Today

Coleman Hughes giving testimony against slavery reparations June 19, 2019. See full testimony here.

Ever write a comment on someone else’s strong post and think, “Wait, this should be a standalone post”? This is one of those cases.

“Nothing I’m about to say is meant to minimize the horror and brutality of slavery and Jim Crow. Racism is a bloody stain on this country’s history, and I consider our failure to pay reparations directly to freed slaves after the Civil War to be one of the greatest injustices ever perpetrated by the U.S. government. But I worry that our desire to fix the past compromises our ability to fix the present.” — Intro of Coleman Hughes’ Congressional Testimony, June 19, 2019

Even The Guardian saw this as a head-to-head match-up with this headline: “Should America pay reparations for slavery? Ta-Nehisi Coates v Coleman Hughes
Coleman Hughes even wrote piece for Quillette when Kanye West started wearing a Donald Trump campaign hat: “Kanye West and the Future of Black Conservatism

America Has Apologized for Slavery & Arguably Paid Reparations

Percentage of benefit usage from any of the welfare programs, by race, 1985–1995. Compiled by economists Robert A.Moffitt and Peter T.Gottschalk. SOURCE:
Professors Glenn Loury (Brown, Economics) in the middle and John McWhorter (Columbia, Linguistics) on the right. Watch more of them on The Glenn Show, as they talk almost every month or so. Loury on their March 25, 2019, conversation called reparations a “terrible idea.”

Correlation Doesn’t = Causation. But We Also Have Common Sense.

Note also that inflation will affect monetary increases more, so don’t think the two graphs above and this one here on U.S. violent crime are showing the same thing. And I’m still simply showing correlation when causation (especially around crime) is complicated. But per capita rate of violent crime undoubtedly shot up since the mid-1960s, when a host of government programs came into place (many as a response to increases in crime and poverty, from The Great Society to The War on Drugs), and that is almost entirely not talked about today. Coleman Hughes did. SOURCE:

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