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Southern GOP Nominee for Senate: Welfare is Really Just a Form of Reparations for Slavery

Thom Tillis is the House Speaker of the North Carolina House of Delegates. He is also  the GOP’s pick for the U.S. Senate and seems to think public safety net programs are just another name for reparations.

On his website, Tillis explained why he supported a controversial in North Carolina joint measure to apologize for slavery, which he said “acknowledges past mistakes and frees us to move on.”

While that sounds like a step in the right direction for the conservative southerner, though, Tillis then said what he really means is that by apologizing it in no ways means reparations are needed.

He then continued by blasting Democrats for supporting “de facto reparations,” aka public assistance and safety net programs.

“This measure does not obligate legislative members to provide reparations. A subset of the democrat [sic] majority has never ceased to propose legislation that is de facto reparations and they will continue to do so as long as they are in the majority,” Tillis wrote. “Federal and State [sic] governments have redistributed trillions of dollars of wealth over the years by funding programs that are at least in part driven by their belief that we should provide additional reparations.”

He also said that many Democrats agreed with him.

“I believe there are several conservative democrats who are prepared join Republican in OPPOSITION to measures that propose new entitlements and reparations,” Tillis stressed. “However, a vote against the resolution would most likely eliminate any chance that we would get support from more conservative members of the democrat party members to oppose such measures.”

One of the issues with Tillis’ views, though, are that he seems to assume that most people on welfare are black, which simply is not true, despite the racial stereotype perpetuated by Tillis and other members of the GOP.

According to a New York Times report, “the distribution of benefits no longer aligns with the demography of poverty. African-Americans, who make up 22 percent of the poor, receive 14 percent of government benefits, close to their 12 percent population share.”

White folks, on the other hand, actually receive more entitlements, “White non-Hispanics, who make up 42 percent of the poor, receive 69 percent of government benefits – again, much closer to their 64 percent population share.”

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H/t: TPM

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