Why even bother saying something like this?
Obama on reparations in a debate in South Carolina last year:
I think the reparations we need right here in South Carolina is investment, for example, in our schools. I did a… (APPLAUSE) I did a town hall meeting in Florence, South Carolina, in an area called the corridor of shame. They’ve got buildings that students are trying to learn in that were built right after the Civil War. And we’ve got teachers who are not trained to teach the subjects they’re teaching and high dropout rates. We’ve got to understand that there are corridors of shame all across the country. And if we make the investments and understand that those are our children, that’s the kind of reparations that are really going to make a difference in America right now.
Another quote from 2007:
“The best reparations we can provide,” he said, “are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed.”
I think the New Yorker also did a piece about his time as a professor where his students indicated he felt reparations were unworkable. This is a losing argument, and not that I think anything the McCain camp says will make a difference at this point, but there must be a better use of their time.