Caldwell: Talk of Slavery Reparations by 2020 Dems Is a 'Scam, Con Job'
Booker proposes bill to study issue.
Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell said Democrats' talk of slavery reparations is a "scam" and a "con job" after Sen. Cory Booker proposed a bill to study the issue.
Booker (D-N.J.), a 2020 presidential candidate, said Monday that “this bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed.”
If passed into law, the measure would set up a commission to study the impact of slavery and continued discrimination against black Americans and make recommendations on reparation proposals for the descendants of slaves.
Besides Booker, the idea of slavery reparations for black Americans is at least partially backed by at least eight other Democratic presidential contenders, including Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
"This reparations conversation being pushed by 2020 Democratic candidates, I think, is a scam, a con job, completely and totally," Caldwell said on "Fox News @ Night" Tuesday.
He revealed that many black Americans reject the Democratic narrative on reparations when he broaches the topic on social media, because they agree with him that Democrats are playing politics.
"What the Democratic candidates are looking to do is say, 'Hey, vote for us. And at the end of the Democratic rainbow, if we win, there's going to be a big check for you,'" Caldwell said.
Fox News contributor Richard Fowler said a reparations bill is simply unrealistic in the current political climate, and he would like to see lawmakers and presidential contenders focus on the real problems that are facing people of color in America.
He pointed out that many black Americans live in food deserts, health deserts and areas with poor schools.
"We could work on that today," Fowler said. "That's what we should be talking about. Instead, we're having this conversation about something that's not realistic, that doesn't really help people of color, because it's not going to happen."
Watch the "Fox News @ Night" discussion above.