NBC reported today that Mitch McConnell, who is an opponent of reparations, is the descendant of two slave owners who between them owned 14 slaves in Alabama. The two men – James McConnell and Richard Daley owned a total of at least 14 slaves in Limestone County, Alabama, all but two of them female, according to the county “Slave Schedules” in the 1850 and 1860 censuses. McConnell did not answer NBC’s request for comments to the discovery.
From the story:
Slavery experts have stressed that descendants of slave owners should not be held personally responsible for the deeds of their forebears. But they have also argued that the families that descended from slave owners, like McConnell’s, are likely to have benefited from the labor of slaves that propped up farm families in earlier generations — a point made by many reparations supporters, who have said that descendants of slaves were never compensated for the economic benefit their forebears made to white families.
Be interesting to see where this goes.