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First Black American Billionaire Wants His Reparations Check

Robert L. Johnson, who founded Black Entertainment Television, wants the United States government to pay up $14 trillion in reparations, and he tells Vice News that the money should also come with an apology for slavery, race laws and racism that has affected blacks in this country. Johnson, America’s first black billionaire, says it shouldn’t matter how much a black person has earned in life. All blacks should benefit from the reparations. “Reparations would require the entire country to … admit that the result of slavery has been 200 years of systemic racism and for that reason Black folks have been denied $13-15 trillion of wealth and therefore we as a country now must atone by paying Black people of all stripes —the rich ones, the poor ones, and the middle—out of our pocket,” Johnson said during an interview with Vice. This isn’t the first interview this month in which Johnson has been pushing for the reparations. He told Squawk Box in early June that “wealth transfer is what’s needed” in this country to equalize the playing field and from the sound of things, he believes that means just blacks deserve the money. “Think about this. Since 200-plus-years or so […]

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Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.