Joe Biden is preparing to alienate roughly 87 percent of the country in his pursuit of a blatantly racist and likely unconstitutional policy of providing ‘reparations’ for at least some blacks.
And yes, American taxpayers — none of whom owned slaves, was a slave, or even knew a slave — are going to foot the bill.
Biden plans to pursue a program to provide free college tuition to any student who attends a historically black college, specifically as a form of “reparations,” The Daily Caller reported Monday.
The outlet adds:
President Joe Biden’s administration will move forward with policies beneficial to African-Americans as Congress considers creating a commission to study the merits of direct reparation payments, White House adviser Cedric Richmond told Axios in an interview. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Feb. 17 regarding legislation that would create the commission.
But Biden — or Biden’s handlers — don’t want to wait for any commission recommendations.
“If you start talking about free college tuition to [historically black colleges and universities] and you start talking about free community college in Title I and all of those things, I think that you are well on your way,” Richmond said when the subject turned to reparations, according to Axios.
“We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African-Americans,” he continued. “We have to do stuff now.”
First of all, let’s be as crystal clear on this as we can be: There is no white-caused ‘systemic racism’ in America in 2021. None. That’s just a myth generated by the Marxist left to push punitive policies like, say, forcing today’s taxpayers to pay for the sins of Americans who lived 160 years ago. Were that not true, there won’t be any such thing as ‘historically black colleges’ to begin with.
Nevertheless, Richmond told Axios that time is of the essence, that the Biden regime must “break down barriers” immediately.
“We don’t want to wait on a study,” Richmond said. “We’re going to start acting now.”
Translation: ‘We probably have less than two years to get this done before the GOP retakes one chamber or the other and thwarts our effort to foist this outrage on the country.’
Now, fake claims of systemic racism aside, there are other problems with this really bad idea: 1) It’s very likely not legal, based on current civil rights laws; and 2) it’s probably unconstitutional as well.
Current federal civil rights statutes (Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act) prohibit discrimination based on race; what could be more discriminatory than providing free college for blacks (who make up about 13 percent of the population) but not whites, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, etc.? Using federal tax dollars to discriminate is doubly illegal and insulting.
Furthermore, there is the Constitution as a hurdle.
“Most forms of reparations would violate the Constitution as currently interpreted by the Supreme Court. It interprets the Constitution as usually forbidding racial handouts, even for historically disadvantaged groups,” the Foundation for Economic Education notes. Further, the high court has ruled that the “federal government is not supposed to give an entire racial group special treatment, or make payments to it, just because different members of that group were mistreated in the past. That is considered an unconstitutional racial preference.”
Now, that could change if Biden manages to flip the current make-up of the Supreme Court from right-leaning to left-leaning, but that wouldn’t change the anticipated political fall out of this plan which, not so ironically, is itself blatantly racist.
The facts are clear and the precedent are clear: Reparations are a terrible, likely illegal, idea.