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America’s First Black Billionaire Calls For $14 Trillion In Reparations Including Himself

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America’s first black billionaire proposed $14 trillion in reparations from the U. S. government, which he says is enough to close to black-white wealth gap, VICE reported.

Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, owns several homes, leads an asset management firm and is the first black person to own a majority stake in an NBA team, but wants cash reparations himself, VICE reported. Along with the check Johnson wants an apology for racism, including slavery and Jim Crow laws, he told VICE in an interview.

He believes the new reparations are Critical Race Theory (CRT) in education, COVID-19 relief solely for black farmers, local reparations for housing in Evanston, Illinois and pledges from corporations the past year, following the death of George Floyd in May 2020.

But these reparations under a different name that aren’t seen as “divisive” or “controversial,” Johnson said. 

“And then people can say, ‘Well, we really don’t need reparations because when you put all of these things together, it’s reparations,” Johnson told VICE. “It’s just not one big bill or asking this country to stand up and apologize, and you’re not asking people to pay out of their paychecks.”

Johnson told Vice that the problem with current approach to reparations is what he calls “placebo paternalism.” Reparations, “with no doubt whatsoever, [were] supposed to come from the government representing the people of the country.”

“Reparations had two components: The first was atonement, and the other was monetary,” he said. “With no doubt whatsoever, it was supposed to come from the government repr… (Read more)

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