BET Founder Robert L. Johnson Wants U.S. Government to Pay Blacks $14 Trillion in Reparations for Slavery

Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and home entertainment distributor RLJ Entertainment (now majority owned by AMC Networks), wants the federal government to give blacks $14 trillion in cash as compensation for the country’s history of slavery.

The U.S. Census Bureau in 2018 estimated there were 47.8 million African-Americans living in a country of 327.2 million. Johnson advocates giving each black American about $293,000 each.

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Speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Johnson, 74, said the funding would acknowledge the fiscal damages owed to blacks in America following a history of fiscal unfairness.

“Wealth transfer is what’s needed,” Johnson said. “Think about this: Since 200-plus-years or so of slavery, labor taken with no compensation, is a wealth transfer. Denial of access to education, which is a primary driver of accumulation of income and wealth, is a wealth transfer.”

Johnson sold BET to Viacom in 2001, becoming the country’s first black billionaire.

“Damages is a normal factor in a capitalist society for when you have been deprived for certain rights,” he said. “If this money goes into pockets like the [coronavirus] stimulus checks … that money is going to return back to the economy.”

2 thoughts on “BET Founder Robert L. Johnson Wants U.S. Government to Pay Blacks $14 Trillion in Reparations for Slavery”

  1. Mr. Johnson is an educated, intellectual, past/present/future, thinker. However, he chooses to speak on behalf of his own uninformed reasons.

    A few facts for Mr. Johnson (and those who think like him) to review, connect, and expand his intellectual base:

    a) there is only one human race – therefore, the word “racism” does not exist – the word was created in order to control the masses,
    b) “discrimination” comes in all forms – ethnicity, culture, religion, social class, melanin concentration, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc.,
    c) all ethnic groups throughout the history of the human race have been enslaved and/or targeted for genocide,
    d) 120 to 500 million Native Americans (90% of population) across North/Central/South America were murdered for land/resources/riches,
    e) 3 to 4 million Africans made landfall in the Caribbean as slaves (NOT North America),
    f) 300,000 to 350,000 thousand Africans made landfall in North America as slaves,
    g) African U.S. citizens assisted in the genocide of Native Americans alongside European and Asian U.S. citizens,
    h) etc. …
    i) when all humans decide to end all forms of discrimination, then it will end

    By Mr. Johnson’s logic, all Native Americans should receive at least $393,000,000 each prior to the Africans receiving reparations.

    In addition, other non-African ethnic groups were brought over to North America for use as slaves prior to the Africans. By Mr. Johnson’s logic, all ethnic groups that were brought over as slaves prior to the Africans should receive reparations first.

    Mr. Johnson, by now you may have realized that I am multi ethnic, multi cultural, multi religious, etc. You may also surmise that the information above is to expand your intellectual awareness. I have only skimmed the surface of what little knowledge I have.

    You and your colleagues (from all ethnic backgrounds) have the power to make change. Good Luck – You are currently treading down the same path as so many have done in the past because you are unable to see past your own uninformed reasons. Without knowing history – one tends to repeat it.

  2. You are not slaves and we are not slave owners. We owe you nothing! You must want war!
    You want 14 Trillion then go ask Africa for it, they captured and sold your ancestors and when they were freed they chose to stay here and be slave owners themselves, their choice! and one of the biggest slave owners was a black man and By 1850, Ellison had 37 slaves while his sons owned another 16. He was one of about 180 black slave masters in South Carolina at the time, most of whom were former slaves themselves. Like Ellison, they realized that the only way to get out of the lower middle class that so many freed blacks were stuck in, was slave labor. With nearly 9,000 free blacks in South Carolina.
    I wonder was Mr. Johnsons ancestor’s were slave owners…. I hope you do not think that America is going to pay black slave owners any money do you. SMH

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