And you won’t believe how he wants to punish Americans for something they didn’t do.
It’s somewhat inexplicable that Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., the tax-evading demagogue recently seen calling Tea Party members “crackers” (as a term of endearment, so he says) still has a job in government.
It’s even more ridiculous that Rep. Rangel feels the need to act as the moral compass on racial issues in America, speaking for the African-American community on the issue of racial equality in spite of his obvious ethical handicap.
Now, Rangel has decided to call for reparations for slavery. [H/T Breitbart.]
Rangel’s remarks were delivered late Monday night before an inquorate House, as the Congressional Black Caucus took to the floor en masse.
The purpose of the display was to protest the clearing of Officer Darren Wilson by a St. Louis County grand jury, and presumably to save C-SPAN from running one of those symposiums on “The Future of Wind Energy Regulation” from South Dakota State University in that time slot.
“Like anything else you love, if there’s an illness, if there’s a problem, you would want to know: What can you do to cure it? How can you make it all that our country can be?” Rangel said.
“How can we say that we have a cancer until we recognize that we do, then we don’t really love the country? How can we be able to say that white and black in this country are equal and that those who work hard and live by the rules have the same opportunities as each other, when we know that we have this cancer?”
Rangel then went on to talk about his cure for this cancer – namely, reparations for slavery.
“Some people may talk about payment for restitution for past crimes committed against human beings,” Rangel said.
“But that restitution could be the ability to say that we’re going to make certain that people of color in this country would be able to have access to the same type of education, live where they want to live, compete against anybody for the job, and not feeling that they’re inferior because people have been taught that just because they have a different complexion that they are superior.”
What’s amazing is that Rangel is able to say all of this with a straight face.
Rangel has an entertaining way of cloaking reparations in the language of mere equality. But it’s far more than that.
The repugnance of reparations is that racism is solely responsible for whatever socioeconomic hurdles exist in the black community, and that the white community as a whole must pay for it in spite of the fact that no living whites owned slaves.
In addition, what is commonly referred to as “whites” is, in fact, a patchwork of ethnicities from throughout Europe, most of which have been discriminated against in the United States at some point in time.
America does not need to be told that some of its citizens are responsible for something they didn’t do or that we all must pay for it.
And we certainly don’t need to be told by a tax-evading bigot who ought to be in jail instead of Congress.