Would Obama Support Reparations in a Second Term?

Many of the president's closest friends and associates are already on board.

In Barack Obama’s second term, the president will ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and sign onto the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous People in order to impose slavery reparation, says a new report.

Danette Clark, author of the report, said that far from being an obscure conspiracy theory, the reparation movement is a part of the two main tenets of Obama’s political philosophy: social justice and income redistribution.

“To me the whole social justice movement is about reparations,” said Clark in an interview with FrontPage Magazine. Over his first term, Obama has championed a policy of increased taxes on the top two percent of income earners along with exponentially increasing food stamp, unemployment insurance, welfare, and disability payments. All of these are hallmarks of income redistribution policies.

Clark said that income redistribution as a form of reparations is a view also held by Charles Ogletree. Ogletree is a professor at Harvard University and he taught both Barack and Michelle Obama. Since 2000, Ogletree has been a member of the Reparations Coordinating Committee, an organization dedicated to winning reparations for descendants of slaves.

In a paper written about reparations, Professor Ogletree stated that income redistribution is a form of reparations.

“Reparations advocates ultimately seek the redistribution of resources from one group to another. To that extent, reparations is another manifestation of the progressive agenda articulated by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his vision of addressing the needs of the 'Great Society.' Reparations is, in other words, yet another expression of the demand for political, social, and economic equality that, since the failure of the Civil Rights movement in the 1970s, has been stifled and suppressed in this country.”

Ogletree remains a friend of President Obama and plans to publish a book about him that will be released after the election.

Ogletree is not the only individual close to President Obama with ties to the reparations movement. A number of members of the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships also have ties to the reparation movement. They include: Jim Wallace, Peg Chamberlain, Mark Hanson, Noel Castellanos, and Katherine Schori.

His former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, came out in support of reparations in 2011.

One way to jumpstart the reparations movement, said Clark, is to ratify the ICC Rome Statute. That statute established the International Criminal Court, which prosecutes crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes. Charles Taylor, the former leader of Liberia, was convicted in the ICC earlier this year.

Because the trans-Atlantic slave trade is considered a crime against humanity, that could be one way that the ICC could be used to impose reparations. While the ICC only prosecutes crimes committed after its inception (2002), a prosecution could occur if it can be proven that there continues to be injuries from these past crimes presently.

Another opportunity, said Clark, for Obama to try and impose reparations is through the ratification of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. According to Clark, this declaration could be used to give land back to not only Native Americans but to African-Americans. That’s because, said Clark, some have argued that African-Americans arrived in the United States before even Christopher Columbus.

As noted by Stanley Kurtz, author of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, Obama biographer David Remnick recorded an incident in which Obama "let the cat out of the bag" to a class at the University of Chicago Law School. According to Remnick, the president agreed "entirely" with the theory of reparations, but claimed that he didn't think it was workable.

While Clark said there is no proverbial “smoking gun” that gives the public a clear idea about Obama’s views on reparations, there is enough evidence that Clark said it’s time for President Obama to tell Americans where he stands on the issue.

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