It’s apparently Canadian white supremacist day here at LGM:
Fox News host Tucker Carlson agreed with an on-air guest who said that African Americans need to “move on” from slavery, and the premise of government reparations for the American slavery legacy was based on “nothing real.” “Slavery was abolished a century and a half ago, nobody today has a grandparent who was a slave, and in that sense I think you reach a point where you need to move on,” guest Mark Steyn said on Carlson’s show Thursday evening. “The reparations thing, eventually, as the decades go by becomes ridiculous… The point here is that is this nothing real.” Carlson responded with a “yeah” before he let his guest continue. “This is nothing real to the lived experience of people of all kinds of identities today,” Steyn said. Steyn added that 2020 contender Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) endorsing the idea for reparations was her submitting to “identity politics” because “her own experience is entirely apart from the African-American slave experience.”
There are in fact surely thousands if not tens of thousands of children of American slaves alive today, let alone grandchildren. (ETA: tens of thousands is definitely too high. After some back of the enveloping, I’d say probably high three figures or low four figures. But there are almost certainly tens of thousands of grandchildren of American slaves alive today). John Tyler was born in 1790, 51 years before His Accidency succeeded William Henry Harrison to the presidency, and 75 years before the abolition of American chattel slavery (Trivia note: when Harrison died, it was unclear whether Tyler was the “Acting President,” or just “the President.” He dealt with this by refusing to sign documents identifying him as the Acting President). As of 2017, Tyler had two living grandchildren.
(BTW the chyron for the photo above is a strong contender for Ultimate Fox News Chyron).