Is monetary compensation the answer to racism? BET founder Robert Johnson thinks so.

The death of George Floyd has caused controversy to spark across America. People have found different ways to advocate and show their opinion. BET co-founder Robbert L. Johnson has now spoken out on how it can be atoned. He suggested that $14 trillion be given to the descendants of slaves. 

“Is $14 trillion too much to ask for the atonement of 200 plus years of brutal slavery, de facto and de jure government-sponsored social and economic discrimination and the permanent emotional trauma inflicted upon black Americans by being forced to believe in a hypocritical and unfulfilled pledge that ‘all men are created equal’?” 

Robert L. Johnson

His plan would entail that every black person in the United States be given a direct cash payment of $350,767 in the next 10 to 20 years. 

The question that arises is: where does the money come from? Should all white Americanís be forced to pay a portion? If so, what about those who immigrated to the United States after slavery was illegal? What of those whose descendants were staunch abolitionists? As for the government, they can not currently take such a strain as the nation is already in severe debt. 

Whites have done horrid things in the past. There is no denying that. But we are several generations removed from the atrocity of slavery and almost every white American agrees that it was evil. Cash payment will likely do little to atone for the atrocity of slavery, especially since no person who was a slave is still living. 

White supremacists and slave owners should be punished, but the sins of the father are not the sins of the son. Monetary compensation from people who had nothing to do with racial injustice will only cause more of a racial divide in America.

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