The Corner

Forty Acres and Some Bull

Geoff Dickens notes it got strange on the “Chris Matthews Show” on Sunday, when Matthews actually came at NPR talk show host Ed Gordon from the left and suggested that Katrina is a prime opportunity for making race relations a cash exchange, when he re-opened the reparations-for-blacks debate during the predictions segment of the show. Gordon predicted black leaders would keep pressing the White House, prompting this reply:

Matthews: “This is almost [a] reparations opportunity, isn’t it?”

Gordon: “I don’t know that I’d take it that far, but it’s…”

Matthews: “A chance for 40 acres and a mule after, after Reconstruction it never got, had never got done.”

Gordon: “Well we were all supposed to get the 40 acres and a mule not just the folks in Louisiana, but it’s a good opportunity.”

Tim Graham — Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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