I can’t remember former President Barack Obama’s ever discussing reparations, but Legal Insurrection got interested after reporter Mike LaChance wrote of Fox News’ Houston Keene findings on his second listened podcast with Bruce Springsteen.
Obama said he believes reparations are “justified” and that “there’s not much question that the wealth… the power of this country was built in significant part — not exclusively, maybe not even the majority of it, but a large portion of it — was built on the backs of slaves.”
The former president claimed that a reparations proposal didn’t make its way through the lawmaking process during his presidency due to “the politics of White resistance and resentment.”
Consider that revisionist history with what Dave Urbanski of The Blaze found from 2008:
“We can’t even get this country to provide decent schooling for inner-city kids,” Obama also said, according to the Post.
“And what I saw during my presidency was the politics of white resistance and resentment. The talk of welfare queens and the talk of the undeserving poor. And the backlash against affirmative action. All that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent, meaningful reparations program … not only a non-starter but potentially counterproductive.”
Fox News said it appears the former president has changed his position on reparations, as he opposed the idea during his 2008 presidential campaign and argued that “the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed.”