Tucker Carlson’s White Guest: African-Americans Need To Get Over Slavery

Tucker Carlson (left) and Mark Steyn.Screengrab/Fox News/YouTube

Fox News guest Mark Steyn said African Americans "need to move on" from slavery, because it was abolished long ago.

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.”

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People who claim to not be victims of the past or recipients of benefits and advantages due to white privilege deny the effects of history, social policies, and group membership by virtue of white identity. Yes, slavery ended 150 years ago, but it also endured for 250 years in America, longer than we've been a nation, as the first slaves arrived in 1619. Blacks also experienced 90 years of Jim Crow, i.e., racial apartheid AFTER slavery ended - there are plenty of people including my parents that are still alive from that. I suppose that did not have any financial, psychological, or social consequences? Look at America's inner city ghettos - created by government sanctions, redlining, housing covenants, and racial discrimination. How about 60 years of separate but equal which was certainly separate, but not equal (1896-1954), legally ending with Brown vs Board of Education that mandated the desegregation of America's schools - still waiting for that to happen as we are more residentially segregated today than in the 1980s. What about housing discrimination in lending that CONTINUES after the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968? Bank of America, Wells Fargo paid BILLIONS to the federal government just a few years ago for the sub-prime loans targeting Blacks and Hispanics depriving them of BILLIONS of dollars in housing equity. The federal government sued and won. Wells Fargo settled out of court - didn't even bother to fight. The money went to the government's coffers and not to the VICTIMS of housing discrimination. And yet, it is too much for African Americans to ask for reparations? What reality are people living in?