Sunny Hostin Says She Still Deserves Reparations After Discovering Her Ancestors Were Slave Owners

Sunny Hostin Says She Still Deserves Reparations After Discovering Her Ancestors Were Slave Owners

Sunny Hostin of ABC’s “The View,” who recently discovered that her ancestors were slave owners, insisted that she still deserves slave reparations.

Hostin was interviewed on PBS’s “Finding Your Roots” by host Henry Louis Gates Jr.

He informed her that her great-great-great grandfather, born in 1824, was the son of a merchant who was likely involved in the slave trade. Her great-great-great grandfather owned at least one human being, Gates Jr. stated. That side of the family came from Spain.

“Wow. I’m a little bit in shock; I just always thought of myself as Puerto Rican,” Hostin, whose husband comes from Spain, responded. “You know, half Puerto Rican. I didn’t think I was a – my family was originally from Spain and slaveholders.”

“So how are you feeling, my friend?” Gates Jr. asked.

“I think it’s actually pretty interesting that my husband and I have shared roots, so I do appreciate that,” she answered. “And I think it’s great for our children to know this information. I guess it’s a fact of life that this is how some people made their living, on the backs of others.”

The View host Sunny Hostin is a staunch proponent of slavery reparations.

She went on PBS to explore her ancestry.

Turns out, she is the descendant of slave-owners from Spain who owned Africans.

This was her reaction when she found out:

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On Thursday’s episode of The View, Hostin spoke of the revelation regarding her family, stating, “At first I was deeply disappointed.”

Co-host Joy Behar chimed in, “This slave thing, it’s a bummer.”


“It’s a bummer,” Hostin repeated, then continued, “I still believe in reparations, by the way. So, y’all can stop texting me and emailing me and saying that I’m a white girl and I don’t deserve reparations! … I still believe in reparations. I still believe this country has a lot to do in terms of racial justice.”

Hostin spoke of her mother, saying, “Her race is white, She’s European,” adding of her mother’s reaction to the news of her ancestry: “She was deeply disappointed. She actually cried about it. And then she said maybe that’s why I have been so connected to black culture because it’s an atonement in my spirit. And I received that. I also found out – and there were slaves on both sides of our family, mother’s and father’s. But we are seven percent indigenous Puerto Rican!”

In October 2022, Hostin stated, “People need to start just looking up what the definition of racism is. It’s really a power dynamic. It’s not just about the color of your skin, and I think when you talk about those who committed crimes that owe reparations, those are the people who committed the atrocities of slavery, who stole land, who killed indigenous people.”


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