Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) expressed his opposition to “slavery reparations” Wednesday during his opening remarks as ranking member of a House Judiciary subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties.
Owens described black Americans’ history as one of success and overcoming adversity.
“Reparations is not the way to right our country’s wrongs,” Owens stated, “It is impractical and a non-starter for the United States government to pay reparations. It is also unfair and heartless to give black Americans the hope that this is a reality.”
Owens added, “The reality is that black American history is not one of a hapless, hopeless race oppressed by [a] more powerful white race. It is instead a history of millions of middle class and wealthy black Americans throughout the early 20th century achieving the American Dream.”
Proposals for “reparations” are a manifestation of Marxist and communist ideology, Owens asserted.
“The theory of reparations is nothing