Former professional football player Burgess Owens went scorched earth on Tuesday and blew up the Democrats talking point on using taxpayer money for slavery reparations.
During a hearing before the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives committee, Owens said if anyone owes reparations to descendants of slaves — it’s Democrats.
“I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race,” Owens began.
“I do believe in restitution. Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40 percent of our black babies, 20 million of them,” he added.
“State of California, 75 percent of our black boys cannot pass standard reading and writing tests: a Democratic state,” he said.
Burgess added: “So yes, let’s pay reparation. Let’s pay restitution. How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race?”
The former NFL superstar then really dropped the hammer on Democrats.
“This is not about black and white, rich and poor, blue collar, white collar. We’re fighting for the heart and soul of our nation. We have a very, very special country instilled with the Judeo-Christian values that allowed every single generation to become better than the last. That has not ended. That has not stopped — until now. We’re telling our kids a little bit something different. That they don’t have the opportunity that we had.”
Owens rounded out his testimony by arguing that he believes reparations send the message that African-Americans cannot get ahead without payment from reparations.
Wow, Burgess Owens just stunned everyone:
“I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race… Let's pay restitution. How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race…" pic.twitter.com/ZXuwncFreV
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 19, 2019
The idea of reparations for slavery has become a hot topic in recent months, especially given several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have publicly endorsed the idea.
Earlier this month, failed Texas senatorial candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke put his full support behind reparations.
“The answer is yes. We must repair this country from its very founding, kidnapping peoples from West Africa, bringing them here in bondage to literally build the wealth of the United States,” he said.
O’Rourke added: “The path there, though, has to come through learning and telling this American story with everyone. Then, I think, we define what reparations look like.”
In March, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a detailed answer on the question of reparations for black Americans.
“I love the idea of this congressional commission,” the Massachusetts Democrat said at Jackson State University, a historically black school. “I believe it’s time to start the national, full-blown conversation about reparations.”
Back in February, Sen. Kamala Harris admitted that she supports “some sort” of reparations to African-Americans for slavery.
It’s nothing short of pandering to a small segment of a critical demographic that lives in the past.
And Owens made it clear how he feels about the idea.