U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says paying reparations for slavery is an awful idea


President Donald Trump’s main ally in the United States Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has argued that paying reparations “for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible” is not a good idea.

Mr. McConnell also suggested that electing Barack Obama whose mother was white and father a black man from the East African country of Kenya as the U.S. President in 2008 could be considered a form of compensation to Africa for the world’s worst crimes against fellow human beings.

“We tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a Civil War, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, elected an African American president,” McConnell said. “I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate,” he said in remarks last week.

The backlash was swift. Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker (D-43rd District) wrote on Twitter that the “shameful” remarks showed McConnell doesn’t care about black people or Louisville’s West End, and that Kentucky needs to stand against McConnell during his reelection bid. Charles Booker said Reparations was about so much more than money.

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Similar comments condemned the Republican senator, describing his remarks as ignorant and insensitive.

Prominent Africans were yet to comment but slavery completely crumbled Africa with the continent’s resources totally stolen for hundreds of years and its strongest men taken to the United States to develop it.


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