Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, says it's time America atones for slavery and systemic racism by paying African-Americans reparations to make them economically equal to white Americans.
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Johnson, the first black billionaire in the United States, has put a price tag on the debt America owes to African-Americans at $14 trillion. Under his proposal, an estimated 40 million African-Americans would get $350,000 in direct cash payments over 30 years (costing the average taxpayer roughly $2,900 a year, according to his office). The $350,000 would signify the wealth disparity between African-Americans and white Americans.
Hey Johnson, I've got a better idea: How about those poor deprived folks do what I did by getting a full time job at 14 and working your fucking ass off for 40 years. How about laying off the Hennessy, putting down the crack pipe and stop shooting dope like I did. How about getting off the pitty potty, pulling your pants up and take the opportunities available to you.
I kicked a 25 year heroin, alcohol and crack habit the hard way and worked hard for many years. Now I own a home, two cars and who knows, maybe one day I'll be able to retire. Probably not but who knows.
This guy is full of shit. If you want it, it's there for the taking if you're willing to put forth the effort. Unfortunately, most people living on the government's dime can't see past the next free payday.
I'm proud of what I've accomplished, we're all capable of the same thing.