Hershel Walker is one of the most successful athletes of all time and a self made man. He does not believe black Americans should be given reparations for something that happened over 130 years ago. Instead he is asking the black community to forgive.
According to Daily Mail:
- Herschel Walker argued against reparations for black Americans at a congressional hearing on Wednesday
- He presented his case to members of a Judiciary subcommittee who met via Zoom to discuss House Resolution 40
- The bill aims to ‘establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery’
- Walker asserted that compensating black Americans is impractical
- ‘How many African-Americans was alive today that was in slavery? None,’ he said
- ‘Reparations teach separation,’ he added. ‘Slavery ended over 130 years ago. How can a father ask his son to spend prison time for a crime he committed?’
- The athlete also questioned where the money would come from, and how the government would determine who should receive it
NFL legend Herschel Walker argued against reparations for black Americans at a congressional hearing, saying: ‘Slavery ended over 130 years ago.’
Walker made his case to members of the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties who met via Zoom on Wednesday to discuss House Resolution 40, which aims to ‘establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery’.
The athlete, who played for the University of Georgia and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 before going pro, asserted that compensating black Americans for the lasting impacts of slavery would cause more harm than good.
‘We use black power to create white guilt,’ Walker, a longtime friend of former president Donald Trump, told the subcommittee. ‘My approach is biblical…how can I ask my Heavenly Father to forgive me if I can’t forgive my brother?
‘America is the greatest country in the world for me, a melting pot of a lot of great races, a lot of great minds that have come together with different ideas to make Americans the greatest country on Earth.’
Walker went on to rant about the impracticality of reparations, given that slavery was abolished so long ago.
‘How many African-Americans was alive today that was in slavery? Which is none,’ he said.
‘So I go to some of the older people for experience and I remember my mom mentioning, how could we pay for your great, great, great grandfather being burned to death? Or how could we pay for your great, great uncle being hung?’
‘I understand that those pictures are horrible,’ Walker said, referencing photos of a beaten slave and lynched black Americans that HR 40’s sponsor, Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D – Texas), presented at the start of the hearing.
‘But right now, I think the fact finding is going to be very difficult to go back over history when history is not even taught in school on what we’re trying to in fact find.’
He continued: ‘Where would the money from from? Does it come from all the other races except the black taxpayers?