Ex-MSNBC host agrees with exempting Black people from paying taxes because of slavery

Former MSNBC host Tiffany Cross believes black people should be exempt from paying taxes because of the history of slavery.

She expressed this viewpoint Monday while speaking on the “Native Land Podcast” about Hollywood actor Terrence Howard’s recent claim that he shouldn’t have to fork over back taxes because of slavery.


“This brother was making a legitimate point. We have never been paid. We have never had any reparations. We’ve never seen the benefits,” Cross claimed, ignoring the history of welfare and affirmative action.

“I don’t know how we would make this happen, but I would be completely down for some sort of policy that says, ‘Yes, you are exempt from paying taxes,'” the racist former host added.

She continued by dubiously claiming that “when you consider the wealth that black people created for this country,” they’re owed for somehow, magically turning the United States into a “superpower.”

As a possible compromise, she then suggested that black people be taxed at the very least at a lower tax bracket.

“If you’re in this tax bracket, if you are a descendant of the enslaved, then we will decrease your tax bracket,” she said.

Her proposal was not well received on social media.


Cross made her remarks about reparations/taxes days after a judge ordered Howard to pay his back taxes.

“A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered … Howard to pay nearly $1 million in back taxes, interest, and penalties after he allegedly threatened a Justice Department lawyer and maintained that it was ‘immoral for the United States government to charge taxes to the descendants of slaves,’” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The judge’s decision came after a year of Howard, 54, continually refusing to pay back $578,000 in taxes that he’d failed to pay between 2010 and 2019.

It also came after what the Inquirer described as “a months-long effort to engage Howard in court after the Justice Department sued him in 2022.”

Yet Howard’s only response was a stunning voicemail he left for the case’s lead attorney last November in which he claimed he owed nothing and then threatened to shame the attorney by posting the lawsuit online.

“Four hundred years of forced labor and never receiving any compensation for it?” he said in the voicemail. “Now you have the gall to try and prosecute and charge taxes to the descendants of a broken people that you are responsible for causing the breakage.”

“In truth, the entire United States should, by default, become the property of the descendants of slaves. But since you do not have the ability [or] the courage to do it, let’s try this in court. … We’re gonna bring you down,” he added.

But he never actually responded to the suit in court.

And so “after a court hearing [the previous week] in Philadelphia, U.S. District Judge John F. Murphy granted the government’s request to enter a $903,115 default judgment against the actor,” according to the Inquirer which noted that Howard has been ensnared in legal troubles for quite a while now.

“State tax liens totaling nearly $639,000 were filed against his 2,450-square-foot property in Plymouth Meeting in 2005 and 2006, both of which were later settled, according to court records. The IRS imposed a $1.1 million lien on the property in 2010 for Howard’s failure to pay income taxes in 2007 and 2008,” the paper notes.

“In 2019, the State of California Franchise Tax Board hit Howard with another lien, alleging he owed $144,000 dating back to 2010. The board named him last year on a list of the state’s Top 500 tax scofflaws, saying he owed $256,00 in back taxes, penalties, and fees,” according to the paper.

And then in 2019, People magazine confirmed that federal prosecutors had opened an investigation into Howard and his wife, Mira Pak, for tax evasion.

Vivek Saxena


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