• Keyden Smith-Herold

We Must Not Weaponize Genealogy for Political Gain

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell | Photo: Joshua Roberts, Reuters

The social fabric of the United States is quickly tearing farther apart each and every day. Reporters recently attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s position on reparations by pointing out that he is a descendant of slave owners.

This abhorrent tactic is aimed at guilting McConnell into supporting slave reparations— a far left policy which wrongly advocates for giving black descendants of American slaves free money and resources simply because of their genealogy.

McConnell obviously has and will never have any control of his ancestry. Using this tactic is simply a way to guilt an entire race of people into caving in on demands for these so-called reparations.

What is the irony in all of this? President Barack Obama (D-IL) and Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), both black Americans, are also descendants of slave owners. This proves that there is not one specific demographic of people who have ancestors which benefited from the grave evil of slavery.

Because we are living in a society that tends to be morally dishonest; it needs to be stated that all political sides still agree that the heinous and reprehensible institution of slavery should never stop being condemned, forgotten, or diminished. However, reparations for slavery is immoral, economically impractical, and excruciatingly divisive for society.

Conservatives aren’t on the “wrong side of history” or “racist” for being anti-reparations— we simply want what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently stated: a society where individuals are judged on the content of their character and not on the color of their skin.

Weaponizing genealogy for political gain is as revolting as it gets. But Remember: the only reason the left uses this tactic is because they know they’re losing the argument on reparations. What happens when you no longer have any substantive arguments? You resolve to ad hominem attacks— something we are witnessing right now.

Just sit down and truly think about how reparations would be implemented. Does the country disperse these funds to all black Americans, regardless of whether they descended from American slaves? Does our country create a tracking system where we find every individual who has ever descended from American slavery, and then give that person funds? Do we disregard mixed-raced individuals?

Please, if you really expect our government to handle such a task, simply look at all our homeless veterans on the streets. Look at the failing VA system. Look at how Congress can’t even pass basic infrastructure bills and other bi-partisan measures to help make this country even better.

What’s the irony in all of this? American tax dollars will be paying for these reparations. This means that black Americans will simply be paying reparations to themselves. You can’t expect the government to raise taxes on white people alone— as that’s pure textbook racism.

Worst of all, reparations are simply immoral. It’s the same idea behind socialism: “I’m living, therefore I deserve”. You are not entitled to anyone’s money simply because of your ethnicity— that goes for all races. We are individuals, and we should treat each other as such.

We need to live up to our founding ideals: All men are created equal. We need to get to a point in a society where we aren’t looking at people through the lens of race. For those who are marginalized, we need to incentivize giving through charity as much as possible. The United States is the most charitable nation on earth, but we can always do better.

Instead of burdening the American economy with the ridiculous, far-left idea of reparations, we need to take care of each other, regardless of what we look like.

The radical left and the alt-right care too much about skin color: a philosophically accidental element— something one has absolutely no control over. Why draft policies revolving around this ridiculous idea?


Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical. Contact him: info@dailyanalytical.com