Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 almost unanimously support reparations, reiterating their support for the controversial action during the National Action Network's annual conference this week, which was hosted by Al Sharpton.
But former ACLU national board member Michael Meyers says the push for reparations is a total scam.
What did he say?
"It's more of that blame whitey movement mania, madness. And it's sheer racial rhetoric, and that's what you get at the Al Sharpton so-called 'house of justice.' You have befoolery, and you have diversion, you have distraction. You have this notion of farce," Meyers said on Fox News Friday. "So at that house of so-called justice you have either a horror picture show showing, or you have a farce. Either way it is not to be taken seriously."
"I can't understand how serious presidential contenders can give legitimacy to a racial blowhard," he added. "And I think it is outrageous and silly and idiocy on the part of the presidential candidates."
Meyers went on to say he believes outwardly supporting reparations will give many Americans a bad taste in a general election when Democrats will be vying for support from all Americans, not just progressive liberals.
"And anybody who thinks that white Americans are going to take the blame or going to feel guilty or give their land and their property away in some sort of reparations pot because they feel responsibility for the sins of their forebears, they're not," Meyers said.
Fox New host Laura Ingraham pointed out that critics of reparations argue reparations are racist — and Meyers agreed.
"That's why I say it's unintelligent. Nobody is giving up their house, nobody is giving up their land. Nobody is giving away acres, 40 acres are gone. And nobody — not even a building is going into that reparations pot. So what are they talking about? These people are, they are chasing a farce," he said.
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All major Democratic presidential candidates have stated support for reparations, including for pending legislation in Congress that would initiate the racial repayments.
During Sharpton's NAN conference this week, he personally had each presidential candidate who spoke at the event to vocalize their support for reparations.