Pharrell Williams, Who Is Worth $150 Million, Calls For Reparations: ‘We Deserve That’

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Grammy award winning multi-millionaire musician Pharrell Williams told CNBC Monday that Juneteenth should be a paid national holiday and black people should get reparations from America.

Grammy award winning multi-millionaire musician Pharrell Williams told CNBC Monday that Juneteenth should be a paid national holiday and black people should get reparations from America.

There is a word that scares so many people. It is called reparations, and we deserve that, too,” said Williams, who is worth between $150-200 million dollars after a long and successful career as a highly successful entertainer and celebrity in America.

Williams said, “As Americans we love, and we appreciate Independence Day, but when July 4, 1776 took place, the only ones that were free from the British monarchy were our white brothers.

Pharrell Williams, who has earned a fortune and enjoyed a life of luxury in the United States, says “reparations” is a scary word but “we deserve that, too.”

The white sisters could not vote the Native Americans where we get this land from, they were not free and certainly the African-Americans, women, and men, we didn’t have our freedom either in fact if everyone that is listening at home or watching at home just imagined a day or what it feels like to wake up in a world where you don’t own the land, the air, you don’t own anything everything comes from the express permission of your white brothers some of them.

By the way, so when you think about you know June 19, and I’m giving you the background, you think about June 19 that marks a two-year period where we were supposed to be freed, but we had not been still,” he continued. “So when that information reached Galveston, Texas, oh, okay, now we’re free we were supposed to be free two years earlier. For us, we feel like the day that we were freed, everyone was freed. So why not make that a paid holiday? We deserve that, you know? There is a word that scares so many people. It is called reparations, and we deserve that, too. I think the first thing we should do is really, you know, we don’t want to take away the Independence Day that we have, we just also want a day that is inclusive of everyone.”

Williams added, “Our biggest issue as a nation is that we always feel like we know how to read the room, maybe because we own the room. But perhaps we have forgotten who actually did the labor. So the action points here, talking to corporations and legislatures, and leaders around the world is making Juneteenth a paid holiday for employees in the United States. Then we would like a day to recognize the emancipation of enslaved people.

Host David Faber asked, “I’m curious what is your sense here, what will define success for you. MLK Day has been a national holiday for a long time. I think only about 40% of employers give it as a paid holiday still, and that is with many years of it being a national holiday — what are your hopes here and what are you hearing not just those that already support it, but perhaps those on the fence?

Williams replied, “Well, we have to face our hubris. We have to face our privilege. And it is absolutely hubris and privilege for someone to not adhere to a state-regulated paid holiday. For me, I would love to just say yeah, around the world, we have acknowledged the emancipation of enslaved people, but that is not enough. Before you can get to that part, you have to start with your heart. You to start with your heart, and we have convenient blind spots in this nation, and we’re comfortable with being tone-deaf.”

Baxter Dmitry

Baxter Dmitry

Baxter Dmitry is a writer at The People's Voice. He covers politics, business and entertainment. Speaking truth to power since he learned to talk, Baxter has travelled in over 80 countries and won arguments in every single one. Live without fear.
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  1. Impossible to fix stupid, greedy, i’m always and always will be a victim type personalities.

  2. Never heard of this guy, but he seems to have done quite well taking money from other black people.

  3. Well use your head pal .England supplied and sold your ancestors to the South mainly .Normal households just had a couple of slaves who they fed housed clothed took care of educated gave religious instruction to and civilised into the modern world People PAY for all of those things now .Interns work for almost nothing Less even than a slave got .And young people take out massive loans just to get job trained now. And they still have to buy food clothing shelter healthcare and the rest They werent all evil slave owners Many were very very good to their staff who they trusted in their homes ,with their children and horses and actually were very caring of Just as many slaves were very happy considering the RULE OF LAW that created the entire situation for EVERYONE. Slavery preceded democracy really and it was just a tiny few who made the law what it was .The majority,once democratic, overturned slavery and it was they who gave you freedom Actually Christian’s really who set you free in the West unlike the East that took much longer. And in fact today slavery is prolific in some Islamic states and some Buddhist nations .Mind you its creeping back in various cunning disguises gl8bally under,once again ,the rule of law .

  4. I love it when racist niggers expose themselves. Because they tell me who I should be hating, and when the shit hits the fan and the whites actually start to fight back against racist niggers and muzzrats, I know who to hunt. When it starts, black heads and muzzrat heads will be exploding everywhere. Fuck you racist niggers. That gretta bitch will get a good raping when I catch her to.

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