Canadian author and commentator Mark Steyn joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday to discuss the issue of reparations for African Americans, and during the discussion, Steyn said black Americans “need to move on” from slavery.
Pointing to Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris’ support for reparations, as well as what he and Carlson agreed is growing support for the idea, Steyn ridiculed Harris’ comment that African Americans are not on the same footing as their white counterparts.
“I mean, when Kamala Harris says people are not starting from the same point - slavery was abolished a century and a half ago. Nobody alive today has a grandparent who was a slave,” Steyn said.
He continued: “And in that sense I think you reach a point where, you know, you need to move on. I mean, the reparations thing, eventually as the decades goes by becomes ridiculous.”
The Canadian then went on to sarcastically compare the history and fate of Africans brought to America as slaves with his own country’s loss of territory due to the American Revolution.
“I'm Canadian I think you guys should give us reparations because if you hadn't had the revolution, we'd have the whole continent would now be Canada,” Steyn began.
“And if you were going to steal our land from us and drive the loyalists out, Tucker, you could have at least divided the continent east-west so we Canadians weren't hold up in the cold bit.”
Tucker, relatively silent through Steyn’s commentary, remarked at the end that focusing on the issue of reparations is “so bad” and “really divisive.”