This story is wrong, anyone got the right reference?

Considering these undisputed facts, how should we think about the issue of reparations? My own view of the subject was rather tersely expressed by Muhammad Ali. After defeating George Foreman for the heavyweight title in Zaire, Muhammad Ali returned to the United States where he was asked by a reporter, “Champ, what did you think of Africa?” Ali replied, “Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat.”

It wasn’t Ali.

It was around and about that time but it was a black bloke working for, I think, ABC. Certainly, it was a reporter. He’d seen the bodies washing over some waterfall as a result of some internecine massacre or other.

Anyone got a link to the proper story?

8 comments on “This story is wrong, anyone got the right reference?

  1. So the correct way to pay reparations is to offer anyone a one-way ticket back to west Africa, and a small cheque (maybe $5,000) to sweeten the deal. (Obviously a bung will be required for the recipient country to accept them.)

  2. Andrew M – “So the correct way to pay reparations is to offer anyone a one-way ticket back to west Africa, and a small cheque (maybe $5,000) to sweeten the deal.”

    The real question is the tipping point – how much money would you have to offer the potential expatriate and the host country before it represented a net loss to America. A billion dollars per returnee, obviously, would be a loss. But I would guess there is a large population in the US for whom a million dollars to return would probably be cheaper for the US as a whole than keeping them.

    I would not think the figures were much different for the UK.

  3. But I would guess there is a large population in the US for whom a million dollars to return would probably be cheaper for the US as a whole than keeping them.

    Said million dollars, or even ten dollars if that was the agreed sum, would be lifted from them before they’d left the confines of Lagos Airport.

  4. Tim Newman – “Said million dollars, or even ten dollars if that was the agreed sum, would be lifted from them before they’d left the confines of Lagos Airport.”

    I wonder what they would do for Nigeria’s economy? Harrods would probably be delighted.

    But I was trying to find David Chappelle’s all too likely reparations scenario….

    You know, one of those things he didn’t want White people to laugh at

  5. Tim

    She wasn’t the original but I personally heard Eartha Kitt say it at Victoria Falls when I was 6 years old.

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