August 1, 2017

The United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent has released a report written in 2016 that concludes that the United States’ history of slavery and treatment of African-Americans warrants paying reparations. This is a thorny issue that’s been argued for decades. Supporters claim inherit racism and the legacy of slavery hold back Black Americans. Opponents point out that the US government fought a bloody war to end slavery a century-and-a-half ago, that there have already been trillions of dollars spent on Great Society and affirmation action programs, and the money to pay reparations would come largely from descendants of people whose ancestors came here after the Civil War and had nothing to do with slavery.

But I’m not going to rehash the arguments. Instead, let’s talk about something that I think every honest person of good will can agree on: the UN is full of it. This is less about racial justice than about treating America as a piñata full of money. Yes, slavery is a shameful part of American history, but why single out only America to pay reparations? America wasn’t even the biggest importer of slaves. According to award-winning historian Hugh Thomas’ landmark book, “The Slave Trade, The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870,” approximately 11,108,000 African slaves were delivered to the Americas alive. About half a million were brought to British North America; most went to the West Indies, Central America and South America (Brazil alone took around 5 million.) But is the UN demanding reparations from those nations? And how about the nations that didn’t have slaves but eagerly sold them? Not a peep. Extra irony: this report echoes an earlier report by a coalition of Caribbean nations demanding reparations. According to Thomas, the West Indies imported ten times more African slaves than the US.

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And as long as we’re on the subject: while slavery as it existed in the 1800s is now illegal worldwide, the Walk Free Foundation, a human rights organization, estimates that nearly 36 million people are enslaved today, under the modern definition of possessing or controlling a person to exploit them in violation of their rights. That includes people trapped in forced labor or the sex trade. About 70% of all currently enslaved people live in 10 nations, including Thailand, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, China and at #1 with over 14 million enslaved people, India. I won’t hold my breath waiting for the UN to pass an Emancipation Proclamation aimed at all those nations. They’d probably be too busy to comply, anyway, considering most of them are so busy serving on the U.N. Human Rights Commission alongside Botswana, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

No matter where you stand on slavery reparations, I think it’s obvious that the U.N. should pay America reparations for all the years of dues we’ve wasted on them.


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  • Ken Rose

    08/03/2017 06:12 AM

    Great article Mike. I feel we are all slaves at this point, with taxation on everything. We should all be paid reparations!

  • Marilyn Calhoun

    08/02/2017 10:11 PM

    I think that those whose ancestors were slaves should be saying "thank you." If not for them (the slaves)being brought to America, those offspring would still be living in Africa!

  • Barbara Bergeron

    08/02/2017 09:46 PM

    Yes I agree!

  • Cathy Felstein

    08/02/2017 04:17 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, you are spot on, as always! If reparations are to be made, then if there are any living slaves in the USA that were brought here against their will in the time period from 1620-1865, then they should get a payment. This is so ridiculous. How about demanding that Egypt make reparations to the Jews since they kept them as slaves and forced them to build all of the ancient wonders that are visited each year by millions of tourists? I think the US needs to pull out of the UN and let them meet somewhere else. They are anti-US and anti-Israel and that is not the American way!

  • Tricia Kennemer

    08/02/2017 07:21 AM

    I agree 100%, Mike. Shall the Arabs pay as well? They have a history of slave trade. Will those who have been undone by oppressive government ideologies like Islam be paid reparation? Abused women and children around the world? White men who are being targeted more every day? The list is endless and ALL nations and peoples are guilty.

  • Carl Williams

    08/02/2017 12:49 AM

    My son Christian helped youo with your campaign here in Iowa. Worked with Sara. Glad to see her in Wash right now. Certainly not an easy job. As far as the UN. It should be over time given to any country that would house them. No longer serve any purpose, and only adds to our poor metholody of spending foolishly. Kind of like the continued funding of social welfare in the US. Like all contracts needs a start date and a end date.. This cow like the UN needs to stop milking America. Money should go for med research and education to put us in the forefront in those fields. Carl & Charlene Williams

  • linda hart

    08/01/2017 11:34 PM

    Thank you for reminding us of the ugly facts of slavery, past and present.

  • Lisa D

    08/01/2017 10:25 PM

    Raparation: making amends for a wrong done by paying money to the one who was wronged. The laws of this nation are very narrow concerning suits filed on behalf of someone who is dead. The suit must be filed by the executor of estate, and it must be done within the statute of limitations, 2 years in my state. There are no living former slaves remaining in this nation, as the last documented slave passed in the 1970s. This is a bunch of BS on behalf of the UN. They need to just throw the UN out of the country. They are nothing more than freeloading moochers, playing in our house on our dime with their hand out demanding more.

  • Jim sharpe

    08/01/2017 08:49 PM

    You are spot on, Mike-thank YOU for the input!

  • Nate

    08/01/2017 08:23 PM

    Since we're on the topic of slavery, did you know that some Democrats still keep slaves around?
    Or did you not hear about former U.S. diplomat and Obama-era appointee Linda Howard who was found guilty of sex slavery...twice?

  • Susan Fox

    08/01/2017 07:07 PM

    I'm sick of the UN moochers. You're SO right about them seeing America as a pinata, Governor. When will we wise up and evict the UN from America? They are a hostile burden we don't need.

  • David Bauer

    08/01/2017 06:57 PM

    Amen. The UN has become a waste of time and money for the US. We need to stop paying our contribution to the UN budget.

  • Denise Leath

    08/01/2017 06:25 PM

    Many black Africans profited greatly buy selling their own people into slavery, too.

  • Barbara Rush

    08/01/2017 06:03 PM

    I couldn't agree more, especially the fact that others seem to thrash around constantly trying to come up with another theory that puts my money into their pockets. I never had a slave, and inherited nothing from anyone who did have a slave. My entire life, blacks have been treated equally, at least where I life. The wrongs have been righted; let's move on.

  • Cindy johnson

    08/01/2017 05:59 PM

    You're right! The U N is full of it! There's no way I'm paying reparations when my ancestors fought a war to free them!!!! The problem with blacks is that the fathers leave, the children are raised by moms without financial help except welfare. It's their own problem. Not mine!!!!

  • Herb Greene

    08/01/2017 05:39 PM

    what about the 600,000 Americans who lost their lives in the civil war? no one ever says a word about those men/women, most were white so I suppose their lives don't matter.

  • carol Galvin

    08/01/2017 05:36 PM

    Reading your newsletter has saved me time and energy as I try to push through the mess we know as the media. Common sense combined with immense knowledge and the always welcomed humor has helped me sort out the things I need to know! I only wish our President had a little more class when he gets angry and starts to tweet but I guess crude is what the opposition understands.

  • Sharon Smith

    08/01/2017 05:36 PM

    AMEN MIKE!!!

  • Kalashnikov Dude

    08/01/2017 05:34 PM

    Im so glad somebody is out there making these statements. You would have made a fine president Mr Huckabee. Thanks for your presence here and on Fox in the past. You add a modicum of relevancy and wisdom to the conversation everywhere you show up.

  • Joe Roberts

    08/01/2017 05:33 PM

    Isn't it odd that Islamic nations don't get called out for centuries of slave trading before the Portuguese and British did?

  • michael murphy

    08/01/2017 05:30 PM

    Spot on Michael, the UN is a huge parasite on the U.S., the sooner we get out the better. As for the slavery extortion attempt, maybe they need to look within their own continent for the origins of the slavery they so readily accuse us.

  • William Born

    08/01/2017 05:29 PM

    As usual I agree with you. I wish everything could be worked out with mutually respectful conversation but as you know in your head it can't. Heart is one thing. Reality is another. I fear the worst is yet to come from the UN.
    My gut says most of them travel on the short bus.
    Go Trump!
    Go Huck!