Skip to comments.Would Obama Support Reparations in a Second Term?
Posted on 11/07/2012 5:52:36 AM PST by SJackson
In Barack Obamas second term, the president will ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and sign onto the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous People in order to impose slavery reparation, says a new report.
Danette Clark, author of the report, said that far from being an obscure conspiracy theory, the reparation movement is a part of the two main tenets of Obamas political philosophy: social justice and income redistribution.
To me the whole social justice movement is about reparations, said Clark in an interview with FrontPage Magazine. Over his first term, Obama has championed a policy of increased taxes on the top two percent of income earners along with exponentially increasing food stamp, unemployment insurance, welfare, and disability payments. All of these are hallmarks of income redistribution policies.
Clark said that income redistribution as a form of reparations is a view also held by Charles Ogletree. Ogletree is a professor at Harvard University and he taught both Barack and Michelle Obama. Since 2000, Ogletree has been a member of the Reparations Coordinating Committee, an organization dedicated to winning reparations for descendants of slaves.
In a paper written about reparations, Professor Ogletree stated that income redistribution is a form of reparations.
Reparations advocates ultimately seek the redistribution of resources from one group to another. To that extent, reparations is another manifestation of the progressive agenda articulated by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his vision of addressing the needs of the Great Society. Reparations is, in other words, yet another expression of the demand for political, social, and economic equality that, since the failure of the Civil Rights movement in the 1970s, has been stifled and suppressed in this country.
Ogletree remains a friend of President Obama and plans to publish a book about him that will be released after the election.
Ogletree is not the only individual close to President Obama with ties to the reparations movement. A number of members of the White Houses Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships also have ties to the reparation movement. They include: Jim Wallace, Peg Chamberlain, Mark Hanson, Noel Castellanos, and Katherine Schori.
His former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, came out in support of reparations in 2011.
One way to jumpstart the reparations movement, said Clark, is to ratify the ICC Rome Statute. That statute established the International Criminal Court, which prosecutes crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes. Charles Taylor, the former leader of Liberia, was convicted in the ICC earlier this year.
Because the trans-Atlantic slave trade is considered a crime against humanity, that could be one way that the ICC could be used to impose reparations. While the ICC only prosecutes crimes committed after its inception (2002), a prosecution could occur if it can be proven that there continues to be injuries from these past crimes presently.
Another opportunity, said Clark, for Obama to try and impose reparations is through the ratification of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. According to Clark, this declaration could be used to give land back to not only Native Americans but to African-Americans. Thats because, said Clark, some have argued that African-Americans arrived in the United States before even Christopher Columbus.
As noted by Stanley Kurtz, author of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, Obama biographer David Remnick recorded an incident in which Obama let the cat out of the bag to a class at the University of Chicago Law School. According to Remnick, the president agreed entirely with the theory of reparations, but claimed that he didnt think it was workable.
While Clark said there is no proverbial smoking gun that gives the public a clear idea about Obamas views on reparations, there is enough evidence that Clark said its time for President Obama to tell Americans where he stands on the issue.
He will have more Flexibility.
i hope he does...i’ll be out there demanding reparations for the victims of affirmative action- people like my dad who served in the NYPD for 23 years and lost out on a promotion to sergeant to people who were half qualified, had half the experience on the job and got half the score on the sergeants test only because he was white and they weren’t....
Is this a trick question?
Umm...what will the hispanics do, when they realize they won’t be getting any reparations?
Let all the rich White liberals in the NE pay for this first. I mean, they are rich and willing, and apparently feel that we should pay our ‘fair’ share. So start with them.
can’t we just cede the NE to Canada and be done with them?
Yes—A payback for the blacks who help keep him in power! maybe $5,000 for each. Yes, citizenship for ALL illegals, that term will no longer have meaning. Gay people will get to marry and smoke pot! Guns kill people so they will be taken away from Yahoo Tea Party Types. Look to see Talk radio banned along with Fox News and the GOP—No Hate Parties permitted in the US of Obama. Look to see UN Taxes on all Americans—The Rich will pay a 89% income tax—then inflation will make us all rich!
I would expect DC statehood to come up again. Might go through this time.
White slavery in our own country is inevitable now. We will be the minorities and that is the kind of “revenge” Obama is happy about.
What do these morons think the past 50 years or so of welfare handouts have been?
Don't you think Romney has paid enough already?
What he’ll do, in order to keep it from being so blatant, is to “target” the entitlements even more than they are now.
We should. And then trick them by trading CA, OR, and WA for Alberta. A three-for-one deal!
It’s going to be funny watching Holder’s people getting in the face of the occupiers. “Hey, occupier! Where my money?”
Second term? What did you call the stimulus?
Billions to Acorn,have you read the pigford case? The reparations have been paid