Robert “Bob” Johnson, founder of BET, says that toppling statues, canceling TV shows, firing professors and changing names, is pointless without a “wealth transfer” (reparations) to Black people in America.
In other words, he’s telling White America to quit trying to satisfy Black America with crumbs of progress and act like they gave us a feast.
Knocking down statues, writing Black Lives Matter up and down the street, and renaming buildings will not change the living consequence of systemic racism and police brutality against Black Americans.
According to him, only a “wealth transfer” would change things for Black America.
Bob Johnson recently tweeted, “The wealth gap between white & black families is Whites: $170,000 Blacks: $17,000. After the white people tear down all of the statues in the country, do you think the wealth gap will change? #Reparations“.
Earlier this month Mr. Johnson called on the federal government to provide $14 trillion of reparations for slavery to help reduce racial inequality.
He recently also called on the ever-growing Black Lives Matter movement to form an “Independent Black Political Party to Help Advance Black Interests.”
Bob Johnson In Recent Fox News Interview
“Look, the people who are basically tearing down statues, trying to make a statement are basically borderline anarchists, the way I look at it. They really have no agenda other than the idea we’re going to topple a statue. It’s not going to close the wealth gap. It’s not going to give a kid whose parents can’t afford college money to go to college. It’s not going to close the labor gap between what White workers are paid and what Black workers are paid. And it’s not going to take people off welfare or food stamps.”
Mr. Johnson said that white people “have the mistaken assumption that Black people are sitting around cheering for them saying, ‘Oh, my God, look at these White people. They’re doing something so important to us. They’re taking down the statue of a Civil War general who fought for the South.’
Johnson goes on to say, “White Americans seem to think that if they just do sort of emotionally or drastic things that Black people are going to say, ‘Oh my God, White people love us because they took down a statue of Stonewall Jackson.’ Frankly, Black people don’t give a damn. It falls into that, an attempt by White Americans to assuage guilt by doing things that make them feel good.”