Biden, Democrats would be 'reinstating racism' with slavery reparations, Gingrich says

Would someone like Barack Obama be “eligible for 50% of the reparation since he's half white? And since his father actually was from Africa, and went back to Africa, what are the grounds for Obama getting any money?”

Updated: June 29, 2020 - 8:55am

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says slavery reparations, which 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders support studying, would mean "reinstating racism" and dividing the country by race.

Gingrich called Biden’s consideration of reparations for descendants of slaves “insane and impossible” to implement. He also commented on Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) saying she expects the Democratic-led House to vote on a bill that would establish a commission to study providing reparations to descendants of slaves.

“Look they [Democrats] need a rallying cry in the black community because they can't sell their performance. So you go to a place like Chicago where 102 people were shot this weekend,” Gingrich said during an interview with Just the News. “You say, ‘yes, but I'm going to get you reparations — every person who's black deserves $35,000 whatever the number is. So would you like $35,000? If you do, vote for us.’ Now, you start getting into questions in the age of Elizabeth Warren.”

Gingrich said considering a form of reparations opens up a host of problems since it would involve, in part, tracing the family history of individuals.

“What would your genealogy have to be like? Would you be have to be 100% black? Would you have to actually have great grandparents who were slaves? The wealthiest, single subgroup in America are Nigerians. So are Nigerians going to be eligible for the reparation? Just think about it,” he said.

“Once you start down this road, basically, they are reinstating racism but this time it'll be black racism instead of white but they're reinstating racism because they want to divide the country by race, which is the opposite of old time liberalism,” he added.

Former President Barack Obama opposed reparations during his presidency. It was reported during the 2008 presidential campaign that his mother, who was white, had slaveowners in her family history. Gingrich said Obama was a good example of the problems a reparations program would run into if it was seriously considered in the present.

“Would Obama be eligible for 50% of the reparation since he's half white? And since his father actually was from Africa, and went back to Africa, what are the grounds for Obama getting any money? I mean, his father was a free person in an independent country,” Gingrich said. “This is part of why I wrote 'Trump and the American Future' because I think we're going to face these huge decision points over the next couple years. I don't think we understand yet how bad the left has become.”

Gingrich is the author of a new book, titled, “Trump and the American Future: Solving the Great Problems of Our Time."