H.R. 40 introduced by some Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives would somehow require an undetermined category of whites to pay reparations for past slavery crimes against African-Americans. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a proponent, says it would put the country “on the path to reparative justice.” Georgia football legend Herschel Walker, in House testimony this week, rose in opposition.
Walker said he viewed the issue from a biblical perspective. “We use black power to create white guilt. My approach is biblical: how can I ask my Heavenly Father to forgive me if I can’t forgive my brother?” asked the Heisman Trophy winner.
“America is the greatest country in the world for me, a melting pot of a lot of great races, a lot of great minds that have come together with different ideas to make Americans the greatest country on Earth. Many have died trying to get into America. No one is dying trying to get out,” Walker said.
“Reparations, where does the money come from? Does it come from all the other races except the black taxpayers? Who is black? What percentage of black must you be to receive reparations? Do you go to 23andMe or a DNA test to determine the percentage of blackness? Some American ancestors just came to this country 80 years ago, their ancestors weren’t even here during slavery. Some black immigrants weren’t here during slavery, nor their ancestors. Some states didn’t even have slavery.”
Walker also said he recently asked his octogenarian mother what she thought about the issue. “Her words: I do not believe in reparations. Who is the money gonna go to? Has anyone thought about paying the families who lost someone in the Civil War, who fought for their freedom?” Walker said, adding that she compared it to giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish.
“Reparation is only feeding you for a day. It is removing a sign ‘for whites only’ and replacing it with the sign ‘no education here,’” he said.