Alan Keyes, Political Activist and Former Presidential Candidate
“The issue of slavery was very prominent in the minds of the young men who went into the cannon’s mouth during the Civil War,” Keyes said in 2002. “[A] lot of folks went consciously, believing that God called them to give their lives to repair the moral wrong of slavery. Something money could not do. So, they gave their blood.
“Now, it seems to me that by the very comparison you’re suggesting, almost I feel an insult to our slave ancestors. You want to tell me that what they suffered can actually be repaired with money? You’re going to do the same thing those slaveholders did, put a money price on something that can’t possibly be quantified in that way.”
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Joseph C. Phillips, Former Star of ‘The Cosby Show,’ Former National Co-Chair of the African American Steering Committee for Bush-Cheney 2004, and Republican National Committee’s African-American Advisory Board Member
In his biography, Phillips writes: “Reparations advocates argue that this current generation of black people has not shared in the bounty that is America and that any pathology in the black community is rooted in the legacy of slavery. How a monetary payment will address either wrong is unclear, as does the morality of taking money from people who never owned slaves in order to pay people that were never enslaved. But reparations are not about righting historical wrongs; it is about massaging the egos of those leading the movement.”Source: “He Talk Like a White Boy: Reflections of a Conservative Black Man on Faith, Family, Politics, and Authenticity” by Joseph C. Phillips