Former NFL star Herschel Walker — now an outspoken conservative voice — argued against slavery reparations during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. A devout Christian, Walker also said reparations are “outside the teaching of Jesus Christ.”
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Walker, a Heisman Trophy winner, cited Ezekiel 18:20, a verse in the Old Testament that reads, “The person who sins will die. A son will not suffer the punishment for the father’s guilt, nor will a father suffer the punishment for the son’s guilt; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.”
He argued during last week’s virtual hearing that “we use black power to create white guilt. My approach is biblical: How can I ask my Heavenly Father to forgive me if I can’t forgive my brother?”
“I never want to put anyone’s religion down, but my religion teaches togetherness. Reparations teach separation,” Walker noted. “Slavery ended over 130 years ago; how can a father be asked [to allow] his son to spend prison time for a crime he committed?”
He also said that if reparations are “a fee or a correction for a terrible sin of slaveowners, government, and others, but we punish a non-guilty party, is it not creating division, a separation with different races? I feel it continues to let us know we’re still African American rather than just American. Reparations or atonement is outside the teaching of Jesus Christ.”
Walker also wondered how reparations would work on a