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Burris Has A Plan For ‘Slave Reparations’

From an eight year old edition of the Chicago Defender, via Lexis-Nexis:

Burris lays out reparations funding plan for Blacks

By Chinta Strausberg

April 29, 2000

A structure is being put into place that could fund the payment of reparations to Blacks with more than 100 million from the state’s tobacco fund, former Illinois Attorney Roland Burris said Thursday.

In an interview with WVON’s Cliff Kelley and later with the Chicago Defender, Burris said he and others have been working for quite a while on putting in place a mechanism that could finance a reparations fund.

"I’ve been consulting with Richard Barber who has been pushing for the establishment of the African American Permanent Fund (AAPF), which would be incorporated as a not for profit corporation," Burris explained.

"Barber turned his attention from the Alaska Pipe Line Fund to getting money from the tobacco fund to seed this AAPF.

"We’re talking about from 80 billion to 100 billion as the endowment for this fund. This fund would make grants for scholarships and educational purposes for Blacks as part of reparations along with low interests business loans for economic development for the Black community."

Burris said the tobacco industry will be paying more than 300 billion to the states and that using these funds for reparations is a good idea but is a legal one because it was African Americans who were forced to work the tobacco fields for free when they were slaves.

This is a way of directing these funds. The tobacco industry has a legal obligation because of the free labor Blacks gave in the tobacco field. The industry, Burris said, received "illegal, unjust enrichment" as a result of free Black labor.

"This is the first time we’ve spoken publicly on this subject. I’ve been advising Barber for years," Burris told the Chicago Defender.

"We tried to approach the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) with this matter, but they want to use those funds for health issues. I have a white attorney general out of D.C. who is supporting this issue," explained Burris.

"It’s a logical way to assist the growth and development of the Black community. Persons can receive assistance, and you would be putting a 1 billion a year in the economy through grants and scholarships to educate the children and make sure the colleges get" their fair share of the fund.

When asked the next step, Burris said Barber’s lawyers are researching this issue.

And Mr. Burris was still arguing for slave reparation in 2004 and in 2005.

How can the Senate Democrats not seat a black man who is for reparations – and for sticking it to Big Tobacco?

(Thanks to CGardner for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

31 Responses to “Burris Has A Plan For ‘Slave Reparations’”

  1. clifcrds says:

    Just a couple of thoughts here . . .

    Burris said the tobacco industry will be paying more than 300 billion to the states and that using these funds for reparations is a good idea but is a legal one because it was African Americans who were forced to work the tobacco fields for free when they were slaves

    Gee . . . I thought the slaves worked in the cotton fields? Maybe the race hustlers should wait until the Obama administration sues Hanes and Fruit of the Loom because peoples’ undies are in a twist over the upcoming tax increases before they really start handing out the “true” slave reparations.

    . . . along with low interests business loans for economic development for the Black community

    As Stewie Griffin would say Yes . . . we’ve all seen just how great the Community Reinvestment Act turned out to be didn’t we?

  2. proreason says:

    You think you’ve seen class warfare already?

    Wait till the talk about reparations gets going in a big way.

    THEN you’ll see some real class warfare.

  3. cjokry says:

    I wonder why this guy couldn’t win a primary?

  4. U NO HOO says:

    “Permanent Fund”


    Oh, Oh!

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Top of the Iceberg, folks. Next it will be the whites keeping the blacks in the ghettos and forcing them to do drugs and abandon their family trees. It is our fault that Shanequa is a crack whore and can’t feed her 7 children. It’s all our fault that 10 yr. old Kunta had his brains blown out in a drug deal gone bad. It is all our fault that the Crips and The Bloods recruit fatherless blacks and have them preform murders and bank robberies in their early teens because they know that the system won’t execute youngsters. This is a problem that just won’t go away. When the money is gone … then what? They will find another thing to bitch about, blow outta preportion and threaten the system until the ransom is forked over.
    This idiot black man is going to start a race war; the likes that will make the Civil War tame by comparision. Push will come to shove….then what?
    Instead, lets offer the ones who want reparations a oneway 1st class tiicket back to their land of origin. No chance of coming back, thats it and Bon Voyage!! There is one problem though…..the mother lands dont want these arrogant, listless freeloaders there either!!

  6. 1sttofight says:

    Instead, lets offer the ones who want reparations a oneway 1st class tiicket back to their land of origin.

    That has already been tried. The country is Liberia. The latest Civil War was in 2003.

  7. xdannyh says:

    Two questions not asked by the great liberal media during the “Presidential” Debates:
    1/. what are your feelings about reparations, as has been asked for by many legislators in the U.S. Congress.
    2/. What are your feelings about using “executive order” outside of a “declared war” situation.
    This intentional hiding of “hot button” issues places the “main stream” media in great disrepute.
    And now we pay the price.
    There is probably no more divisive issue than ‘reparations’ as there will be no room for intelligent discourse as to just why two sets of people, black and white, would be due or liable for a set of circumstances that they had nothing to do with and does not directly effect anybody living today.
    But unfortunatly the time for talking has been bypassed and gangbanging diatribes like “illegal, unjust enrichment” will be the swill of the victim class and the “balkanization” of the U.S. will start in a most serious, and perhaps, irreconcilable way.

  8. Right2thepoint says:

    Chicago Defender is a long history Marxist/Socialist paper in Chi Town

    Frank Davis wrote for them before ending up in Hawaii

    Obama endorsed this guy over Blago

    Obama was mentored by Davis

    Let’s play connect the dots.

  9. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    This is stupid. Plain and simple. And for many reasons. The first of which is how do we know who were these slaves and do they have any descendants who can legally file a claim. It was easier for the U.S. government to offer reparations to the Japanese Americans of WWII who had their businesses confiscated and were relocated to internment camps. Because most of them were still alive. The same goes for the German government giving reparation to many Jews who had been violently wronged under Hitler’s reign. Because they too were among the living. Most slaves in America were treated as property and not human beings so there isn’t much record of who was who amongst them. If these reparations do go into effect it’ll only polarize the black community with the arguments of who among them are legally entitled. Not all blacks in this country are descendants of slaves. Some have immigrated from other African or Caribbean nations. But worst of all, the act of reparations would only serve to reinforce the views of the few white supremacist/racists I’ve had the misfortune of knowing throughout my life. The supremacists complain that the black community always feels that the world owes them a living and that blacks couldn’t achieve anything unless someone gave it to them. Most hardworking blacks that I know don’t want reparations because they don’t want a handout and they’re proud of their families, their homes, their material possessions, and their educational achievements all of which they did on their own without any assistance. LD, in reference to your suggestion of sending all these reparation advocates back to Africa, it wouldn’t work. A co-worker of mine was a former Air Force jet mechanic who traveled the world including Africa. He says that blacks from Africa despise blacks from America of whom they claim are vulgar, loud, arrogant, obnoxious and have no sense of duty to their family or community. So yes, my co-worker’s remarks reinforce the last line of your remarks. I’d like to comment more on this but I’ll be out of town for the next few days visiting family up north. My kid sister has a nice spread out in the country and I’m looking forward to seeing her. And of course bringing my guns to pop off a large number of rounds. It’s a great way to relieve frustration. Gotta exercise my Second Amendment right you know. Happy New Year to you and all the others here at S&L.

  10. Liberals Demise says:

    I said “Lets offer……” and I have been to Africa several times and know first hand that the Africans loathe the American blacks. Now…go and enjoy your 2nd Amendment right and Happy New Year to you brother!!

  11. LewWaters says:

    Reparations could become a Pandora’s Box for Blacks. Will they seek out White offspring of slave and slave owner? Will they seek out descendants of Black Slave owners who used the free labor of slaves for their gain? Will those Blacks whose ancestors owned slaves receive a payment? Or, be made to make payments?

    What of Blacks who are not descendants of slave but of free Blacks or whose ancestors migrated after slavery? Will they feel slighted if they don’t receive such a hand-out?

    What would be used to ensure the person receiving the hand-out actually is a descendant of slaves?

    • gipper says:

      I was thinking some of the same things, LW. If your father has pure slave blood and your mother has pure white blood, do the two cancel each other out?

      If your ancestry had several generations of slaves versus one generation, do you receive mo’ money?

      George Washington freed all of his slaves upon his death. His slaves and their descendants enjoyed a considerable amount of freedom more than most slaves. Are the slaves of Washington compensated less?

      What if you are a black tobacco farmer? Does the government take money from you–or only the white tobacco farmers?

      What about the successful black person? Is he or she able to receive compensation? I mean, if a person is able to able to become successful despite being a descendant of slaves, what reparations need to be made?

      What about indentured servant reparation pay? Oftentimes, indentured servants were treated as badly as slaves. True, indentured servants were “compensated” with a ticket to America or the payoff of a debt. But who here could imagine toiling away for 3 to 7 years in a tobacco field for room and board and transportation to America? The compensation just does not seem just. Maybe we could develop a sliding scale for the indentured servants.

    • proreason says:


      You’re attempting to apply LOGIC to this?

      They want your money Lew. And they don’t want to have to work for it.

      It’s as simple as that.

    • LewWaters says:

      There is no logic to proposed reparations. It would be virtually impossible to implement. It would amount to little more than handing our money to others based solely on their skin tone.

  12. freeleep says:

    Guys, lets all calm down this will never happen and we are getting all worked up by an 8 year old article in an obscure communist rag.
    It wont happen for a great many reasons chief among them that the majority of American families only trace thier roots back to the great Irish/Dutch/German immigration of the late 1800s-early 1900s.We had nothing do due with slavery.But I have to say that I sometimes worry about an undercurrent of racism on this site. I think that we should recognize that blacks in this country have had a pretty hard row to hoe, and that alot of the problems in the black community stem fron the systematic destruction of the black family due to slavery and the Great society programs of the 1960s. a people does not learn to be self sufficient overnight ,especially when programmed by welfare and poverty pimps like Jackson, Sharpton etc to feel like victims.While I think that reparations would be an outrage, we at least should acknowledge an historic wrong and try to understand why some blacks would feel entitled to them. We must encourage them to feel like Americans , not African Americans. Which means that they must be treated with the same respect that any other american is.

    • 1sttofight says:

      Don’t you think that respect goes both ways?

    • Steve says:

      “Guys, lets all calm down this will never happen and we are getting all worked up by an 8 year old article in an obscure communist rag.”

      I’m not sure anyone is particularly worked up.


      1) the Chicago Defender is not an obscure Communist rag. (FWIW, I don’t believe Frank Davis ever wrote for it. It’s not listed in any of the bios of him I have read.)

      The Chicago Defender is one of the oldest black newspapers in the country and it is now owned by the largest black newspaper chain in the country.

      2) The article is from 8 years ago, but as noted above, Mr. Burris still wants reparations to happen.

      3) Mr. Burris is not alone. The NAACP, and (probably) the CBC, as well as John Conyers, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are for reparations. BTW, Mr. Burris had a top position at PUSH at one point in his brilliant career.

      4) We don’t even know if Mr. Obama is for or against reparations. AFAIK, he has never been asked by our watchdog media.

    • Flession says:

      “4) We don’t even know if Mr. Obama is for or against reparations. AFAIK, he has never been asked by our watchdog media.”

      Well, I shall enlighten you then. Mr. Obama isn’t for reparations; he feels that they don’t go far enough. He had a speech upon the subject not too long ago, you should look it up.

      Also, a amusing antidocte:

      My family fought in the Civil War for the Confederacy. I’m quite proud of them, but I note that not one of them owned a slave. My family history, which traces back to John Adams (I’m a direct relative of his), has kept his belief that slavery is wrong and immoral

      I mention this because when I mentioned this to my black co-workers, they scoffed at me for being so “blind to the truth.” Then we got into discussions about this very subject. They…weren’t quite happy at me when I told them that they already had plenty of reperations (see video I post’d on here in another post).

      Good times.

  13. VMAN says:

    OK let’s take a look at this logically. These people were given an all expenses paid ocean cruise to a beautiful moderate southern climate where they were given housing on beautiful southern plantations. Food and clothing was provided. They participated in a rigorous aerobic exercise program provided by their employer. Now the way I see it they owe us money for taking them out of a disease ridden country full of people and animals that were bent on killing them and eating them and that had a horribly hot climate unfit for humans. And what are we going to do about the 95% of these ingrates that didn’t come to the US but went to the Caribbean or South America? How do we get them to pay?

  14. freeleep says:

    sure it does. I just think that the loudest most offensive of the black community are the ones that we resond to. In my experience most blacks dont wish for reparations, celebrate Kwaanzaa. smoke crack or belong to a street gang , however since some do there is a tendency to stereotype them.Hell, I dont have an answer to our racial problems, it just seems to me that if we want blacks to be fully informed ,committed citizens of this great country we need to treat them as such. And unfortunately that doesnt always happen

    • VMAN says:

      And 95% of these non crack smoking people who don’t want reparations and don’t celebrate Kwaanzaa voted for who?

    • 1sttofight says:

      if we want blacks to be fully informed ,committed citizens of this great country

      IMO, There lies the problem. The black culture is different from the white culture. I know this from working and socializing with numerous blacks folks over the years. I am not saying the black folks are wrong and the white folks are right, but they are different. I really dont think you can argue with that.

    • proreason says:

      Blacks have been treated with kid gloves and afforded immense advantages for the last 40 years.

      They have already been given reparations worth many trillions of dollars. Affirmative action alone is nearly priceless. After all, look at Obamy, who never worked a day in his life, and whose only skill is triple talking.

      In the workplace, blacks are treated like little china dolls. Everyone has seen work groups of untouchable, incompetant, but well paid blacks. Where are the similar groups of Hispanics, Asians, handicapped people, fat people, short people, ugly people. They don’t exist, of course.

      Despite it all, 25% of black males are incarcerated in their lifetimes. If it wasn’t for the kid gloves treatment, the % would be higher. The out of wedlock birthrate is 70%. The drop-out rate is astonishing. The culture is a cesspool. Their leaders are imbeciles.

      And as someone in this thread has said, every other ethnic group in this country has faced barriers here and in the country’s of their origins. Slavery has existed since mankind emerged from caves. It still exists today. Ironically, the United States should be praised to the heavens for abolishing it at a cost of over 2% of the male population at the time….equivalent to over 3 million deaths today (6 times greater than the U.S. fatalities in WWII).

      If 40 years of kid gloves treatment yields the results obvious to anywone who cares to look, what IS enough?

      And there is no way I’ll ever pay a cent of direct reparations. I’ll be manning a machine-gun nest before that happens.

  15. Flession says:

    I think Penn & Teller bring up a excellent argument point about this subject:


    Here’s the episode of BS they dedicated to the subject. (Oh, and it’s NSFW)

  16. bobbys says:

    Over 90 percent of Blacks voted democratic which has abortion on there platform, How concerned are they for innocent babies??.
    And where were the Black Christan ministers speaking up for the Babies???.

    No they voted race and MONEY.

    Maybe there Slave GGGgrand parents had no choice but they do now and they vote DEATH.

  17. pinandpuller says:

    After the civil war blacks had their 2nd Amendment rights violated so I think the first thing we should do is make arming of all black people mandatory, starting in Chicago, NYC, Boston, Philidelphia and DC. One long gun and one pistol each and 500 rounds of ammunition. Of course if they feel they need more reparations they can take it from there. The arms would be paid for with Pay-Per-View pre-pay packages. Popcorn is optional.

  18. seanrobins says:

    >>>purposes for Blacks as part of reparations along with low interests business loans for economic development for the Black community.”

    How much more perfect can the scamming from the City with the Broad Scammers get, from that Great Scummy state of Illinois get?
    First you’ve got Daly I and Daly II.
    You’ve got decades of corrupt unions and organized crime. Al Capone must be a true hero around those parts.
    Then you’ve got Blaggy and Bambi and Rezko and Wright and so on and so on.
    And then you’ve got those who would actually ACCEPT an apointment under these circumstances from the type of creep that Blaggy is….Whom we must see as the lowest of the bottom-feeders who are willing to wallow in the pusillanimous just to get a taste.,..
    The last is what Burris appears to be.
    Will there be no end to all of this.
    Now Burris is revealing some of his grand schemes…….
    Will the “Fund” require proof that one is descended from slave blood…..or will Bambi’s kids qualify? Would Bambi?

  19. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    I thought we already gave them 40 acres and a mule.

  20. wardmama4 says:

    seanrobins – you bring out a point that I wanted to make – what about The One ™? Half of him (the ahmm, ‘black’ half) doesn’t qualify for reparations, but the white half does qualify for paying reparations. . .Interesting quandry – would he pay? Should he pay? Shows the idiocy factor of this little gem of an idea.

    Second (as mentioned earlier) the ‘blacks’ of today weren’t/aren’t slaves – not a one – so what are they being reparationed for? Something that happened 7.25 generations ago? And I have never owned a slave – so why should I pay for something that happened 7.25 generations ago?

    And lastly – I am mixed – do I present the same situation as The One ™ – no because I’m not halfican. My father’s people arrived in America at the turn of the century (or slightly before) – oops – no slave owners there. My mom -well most of it was so pasty white – and northern and un-educated – that they did not even know what a slave was. [There is much speculation and questions – and of course the ‘family secret’ as to when and who the color was added to the family line- but it is settled/known that it is Native American] And the woman who raised me – her father sold himself into bondage to get to America – as he knew he’d have a better chance – Swedish/English white – and he did advance of his own education and labor (also arrived in America after the turn of the century) – nope not a slave owner there.

    Which ends up being the issue – America is not about success, winning, and getting rich it is about the right to pursue freely life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – the success or failure in such pursuit – is one’s own responsibility not the taxpayers nor the governments.

    Might they want to refer to the Bible – ‘You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.’ (Matthew 7:5) All people’s have conquered and been conquered – by the reparations scammers stance – we all owe each other a living in some way or form. And yes some peoples do seem to have taken the brunt of ‘historical’ nastiness – but – take a look at history and current events – there are no winners or losers if you start the victim and one-upmanship game. ‘And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.’ (Mark 3:25)
    Shame on the reparations pushers – they are intentionaly trying to destroy America from within.

  21. big spike says:

    i personally vow to pay full reparations to any former slave i’ve ever owned, and their heirs…i’ll even be generous and pay reparations for any slave my ancestors may have owned, and to the heirs of those slaves…so far, i’m still out pocket lint…family is from poor french/english/slavic peasant stock, here via canada into maine…so, no slaveholders in the family tree-guess i’ll just spend my money on a comic book and a sasparilly down at the rexall…

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