During a segment on his Fox Business Network show Making Money, host Charles Payne said that he thinks Obama is making ready for a big push to pay billions in slavery reparations in 2016.
During a panel segment, Payne and his crew were discussing the reparations the city of Chicago is making to the mostly black victims of Police Commander Jon Burge, a now convicted Chicago policeman who in the 1970s and ’80s engaged in a long campaign of beating suspects into confessing to crimes they did not commit.
From that subject, Payne veered off into his prediction of what Obama might try in 2016.
“The news in my mind is a glimpse of really much bigger news that is going to come from the White House, I’m saying next year, I’m leaning towards,” Payne volunteered. “I think that there’s going to be an official apology from the White House for slavery in America and then a major push to get cash, and I’m talking lots of cash.”
“Many including those closest to President Obama will push him to make this happen,” the African American host continued. “I actually think it would be a major mistake. Instead, Obama really should discuss and focus on all the progress we have made and how all Americans need to move forward for better days for all of our kids.”
Obama has in the past claimed that he is not in favor of reparations for slavery. But more recently he did favor giving black farmers $1.25 billion in reparations for alleged racial discrimination suffered under Department of Agriculture loan programs.
This isn’t the first time that it has been posited that Obama will move for slavery reparations in his second term. Some have warned that as part of Obama’s support for the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous People, he will support slave reparations as a way to satisfy the treaty.
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