Fox News host says “people who financed it” deserve credit for American infrastructure built by slaves

Jesse Watters: “Labor’s just a part of it”

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Citation From the February 7, 2023, edition of Fox News' The Five 

JESSE WATTERS (CO-HOST): Well, Greg said they're -- "What are they preparing them for?" They're preparing them to beg for reparations when they're older. This is laying the ground work, these CRT cartoons on Disney+ is laying the ground work for a younger generation of Black Americans to demand reparations when they're old enough to do so.

Yes, Black labor in the South contributed to an enormous amount of wealth for these plantation owners. Black slavery built southern railroads, ports, but not a lot of white people owned slaves in the South and it was abolished in the North like in 1804. It was never even in the West. So yes, they contributed to building parts of America, but so did the Irish, the English, the Scotch, the Welsh, the Germans. Everybody built America.

And when you say, "Who build something?" Well, who designed it, who was the architect, who financed it? Labor's just a part of it. So, if we're going to have a conversation about reparations -- which I'm open to it since I'm 1% Black -- I might get a check. You have to talk about it accurately.