Former NFL player and part of the Oakland Raiders 1980 Super Bowl champion team, Burgess Owens, took part in a House hearing to address slavery reparations.
The Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing on Wednesday featuring speakers Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover, among others.
The goal was to cover “the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade” and examine a “path to restorative justice.”
What Owens said during his five-minute allotment at the hearing had to really take the Democrats in the room by surprise.
Owens doesn’t agree with the party on the committee that reparations are in order, something backed up by a vast majority of Americans who oppose them.
If they are going to push for them, however, he has one stipulation in mind.
Owens blasted the Democrat party saying they should be the only ones held responsible in paying reparations due to “all the misery” they’ve caused blacks throughout history.
Bet they didn’t see this coming at all …
Wow, Burgess Owens just stunned everyone:
“I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race… Let’s pay restitution. How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race…” pic.twitter.com/ZXuwncFreV
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 19, 2019
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Owens Powerful Argument Against Reparations
Owens recently wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed column dismissing the idea of reparations.
“Proponents of reparations act as though black Americans are incapable of carrying their own burdens, while white Americans must bear the sins of those who came before,” he wrote.
His testimony Wednesday blamed misery experienced by blacks in this country solely on the Democrat party.
“I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race,” Owens revealed.
He certainly has a point, if you listen to the words of Jesse Jackson Jr. who concluded that “so much of the Democratic Party’s history, since it is our nation’s oldest political party, has its roots in slavery.”
“Let’s pay restitution,” Owens added. “How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race …”
NFL legend @BurgessOwens tells Democrats THEY should be paying reparations to black Americans.
I do believe in restitution. Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim crow, that has killed over 40% of our black babies, 20 million of them.pic.twitter.com/aVtmjBboDF
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) June 19, 2019
Aside from hammering Democrats on their revisionist history, Owens noted that living in the past doesn’t help anyone move forward today.
“What strangers did to other strangers 200 years ago has nothing to do with us because that has nothing to do with our DNA,” he declared.
“History is there for us to find out and gauge for ourselves how far we’ve come,” he added. “As long as we don’t reach back and define ourselves by the worst of ourselves – and that’s what too many people are doing today.”
Democrats are most definitely defining America by their worst moments today.
Burgess’ Other Conservative Viewpoints
Burgess has been very outspoken during the NFL/Colin Kaepernick kneeling controversy.
A “mistake was made … when they allowed a Marxist to take the reins of their organization … Colin Kaepernick,” Owens lashed out. “At the end of the day, that’s what we’re up against.”
He took a sharp jab at the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, saying “Kaepernick is not articulate enough to talk about the issues.”
Owens also ripped players who kneel alleging they “are not only failing our kids, but they are betraying our past.”
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BURGESS OWENS KNOWS HIS HISTORY!!
REPARATIONS ARE NEVER ENOUGH – MY OWN DAUGHTER HAS FORGOTTEN ALL I DID TO MAKE UP FOR HER SUFFERING THROUGH DIVORCE…
MILLENNIALS ARE BIG “VICTIMS” TOO… DRAMA REIGNS!!
Nice to see such a strong, principled and good man as well as an HONEST one with dark skin.
My ancestors were poor farmers, many of them Irish. There were many Irish ‘indentured servants’ who had a status similar to slaves. Should WE get reparations? I am quite sure none of my ancestors ever owned a slave, as slaves cost a LOT of money. Not going to pay people for what their ancestors went through. Just another ‘gimme’ idea by Democrats for votes.
No republican has ever owned a slave!! The blacks owe a great deal of gratitude to the whites, it was the whites who went to war to free the slaves. The slaves did NOT free themselves, also it was the whites that gave the blacks the right to vote.
To pay reparations as the democrats are pushing for -to get black votes-is so ridiculous- it would be nearly impossible to prove who in the past were slaves…lack of verified records including birthplace, dates, name changes through their history, the buying selling and trading, ownership records, migrating records, land records, –and if that isn’t enough—confirming all relatives living today who scattered all over the country! I was in real estate a few years ago, my territory was in and around Charleston, SC —I remember well, as part of our training prior to becoming an agent, we were required to trace descendants to try to get to a clear title so the land could be purchased by contractors or developers. It is too lengthy to explain – it could take days in the library going through records, micro fish files just to scratch the surface- why many developments had fenced off areas where the trail of ownership simply could not be traced far enough back, and then forward to establish current ownership…today we have many more methods for these searches but there are still those fenced off areas. So how could this be any different?
i, have never owned a slave. no matter how much my ex-wife, owned me. and i, paid dearly for my reparation to her too.
but “blood libel” is still unconstitutional.
and according to scripture, slavery is not a sin. it is a plague, sent for screwing up or for their protection. a sin, would be inappropriate mistreatment of slaves.
there were just as many white slaves as black or brown. they, got over it and moved on. they only, agreed to accept slaves from africa due to the shortage of white slaves. muslims, were involved in selling christians as slaves. they, were christians being sold as slaves. many christian soul gospel songs, are a result of this “swing low, kumbaya”.
how come cnn didnt cover this?
Democrats were the slave owners republicans are the slave saviors . Media will never ever tell the truth though , even the dem party elite lie .
Finally a black who knows true TRUTH and is NOT AFRAID to SPEAK IT. If Congress in their INFINITE IGNORANCE wants to pay reparations to those who were slaves before the Civil War then they MUST only go after those who’s linage can be verified as a slave owner. My ancestors NEVER owned a single slave and part of it did not even have Citizenship in it’s own Nation until the 1920’s when women got the vote. So why sound I as a tax payer have to pay for something I has NOTHING to do with????
What party is David Duke a member of?
Blacks having to ride in the back of the bus is one of the Democrat supported Jim Crow laws.
That means if Massa Donald tells him to go to the back of the bus, he’ll gladly shuffle to the back of the bus…
A very wise and smart man. He is 1000% Spot-On!
He made this list…
So, is you disagree with the guy, you can ‘dis’ him at will? Who is licking whose boots?
Great man for a boot-licker…
You’re a great man Burgess Owens.
It’s all just hot air blown up the ignorant voters skirts to get votes. It could never be made to happen in a practical manner.
It is all about votes and power for the commie dems!
I am still confused on how they (politicians) plan on paying this “fund” out and to whom. Will there be an investigation on what Black families had slaves? Will it be only those states who were in the United States, or will it be confined to those who might have possibly owned or supported? Should it be done by political party as discussed here? Being born and raised in California and having relatives from Scotland and Germany, I am curious as to what criteria needs to be met, and what of those of mixed race? And not even touching the fact that no one alive today has benefited or owned or dealt with slavery. Seems a lot of smoke and mirrors since most the Muslim world still thrives in slavery and we continue to take down statues and monuments based on slavery but how we forget the pyramids were also built by slaves. The US has a very emotional and unjustified view. We fixed a wrong and are now condemned a lifetime for it.
Amazing that I didn’t see this story on the six O’clock national news, oh that’s right media is a branch of the democrat party.
You mean like Jesse Lee Peterson and his love for slavery?
Lots of black people have some sense.. this guy has lots of sense not just “some” sense. A pleasure to listen to him and a pleasure to know that some people will stand up for truth because they believe in truth.
Well at least some of the black people out there have some sense