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Black Billionaire Thinks The Government Owes Reparations To Black People

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Robert Louis Johnson is a media magnate and businessman who became a huge success in America, a nation that has afforded him the rights to follow his dreams, no matter what his color is. As the co-founder of BET and owner of RLJ Companies, he has amassed so much wealth, making him the first black billionaire in the United States.

His family has afforded him a great life, he has studied and graduated from Princeton and even used to own an NBA team. Yet, the American dream doesn’t seem to provide Johnson the contentment in life and he denies the fact that America has improved so much from the dark days of slavery, still blaming the system that has bestowed upon him, a great life full of opportunities that even some white people cannot afford to attain.

In an interview with Vice, Johnson claims that the government of the United States should pay reparations to black people.

“That’s what’s happening to the reparations—it’s been cut up into small pieces of things that look and feel like, ‘We want to end systemic racism, we want to end police brutality and shootings and to provide financing to Black small business owners. And then people can say, ‘Well, we really don’t need reparations because when you put all of these things together, it’s reparations. It’s just not one big bill or asking this country to stand up and apologize, and you’re not asking people to pay out of their paychecks” Johnson stated.

“Reparations would require the entire country to admit that the result of slavery has been 200 years of systemic racism and for that reason Black folks have been denied $13-15 trillion of wealth and therefore we as a country now must atone by paying Black people of all stripes —the rich ones, the poor ones, and the middle—out of our pocket,”

For a man who has so much, it is quite hypocritical for him to say such things. With the billions that he has, he can help other people of color get stable jobs instead of teaching them to rely on the government. Also, the people of today shouldn’t be burdened by the sins and ignorance of the people from a few hundred years ago. Even president Joe Biden admits that he doesn’t want to pay for the mistakes of his predecessors.

“I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather, I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation, and I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago,” Biden said in an interview back in 2019.

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