According to the Chicago Tribune, the city of Chicago has offered a $5.5 million reparations package for victims of police commander Jon Burge, who inflicted a reign of terror on the city from 1972 to 1991.
But when Charles Payne of Fox Business caught wind of the plan, he became worried that ‘slavery reparations’ might be next.
“The news in my mind is a glimpse of really much bigger news that is going to come from the White House,” Payne said. “I think that there’s going to be an official apology from the White House for slavery in America and then there’s going to be a major push to get cash. And I’m talking lots of cash.”
Payne thinks Obama could make a push for slavery reparations as early as next year.
“I actually think it would be a major mistake. Instead, Obama should really discuss and focus on all of the progress we have made and how all Americans need to move forward for better days for all of our kids.”
His co-panelists seemed to agree.
“Sure, slavery was a horrible thing that happened, but this is not going to help race relations in the United States today,” Tea Party News Network’s Scottie Nell Hughes said. “It would be different if presidents today were affected themselves by something that happened back in the 1800s, but unfortunately, now all its going to do is cause more tension among the races.”
Watch the exchange in the video below: