Dem 2020 hopefuls Harris, Warren say they embrace idea of reparations for black Americans

by Louis Casiano
February 22, 2019

Two leading Democratic presidential candidates — U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — have reportedly said they support reparations for black Americans affected by slavery, reflecting a shift in the importance of race and identity issues within the party.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Harris doubled down on her support for reparations after agreeing with a host on the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club” that the race-conscious policy was necessary to address the legacies of slavery and discrimination in the United States.

“We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities,” Harris said in the statement to the Times. “I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities.”

Warren also supports reparations.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Mary Eleanor Urso says:

    Perhaps anyone in this country who can prove descent from a slave should pay the United States for the privilege of being an American citizen. After all, if their ancestor had stayed in Africa, rather than coming to the US as a slave, their family would likely have died off many generations before they were born. If their family had survived and they had been born in Africa, I can guarantee you that they would not be as fortunate as they are, living in the US, where blacks have been given many opportunities, and often been moved to the head of the line through affirmative action..

  • Retired Marine says:

    Sure, when the slaves that are still alive ask for it, oh I forgot slaves were freed by white soldiers in the civil war. Any black claiming reparations is a lying welfare sucking POS. Along with warren and harris.

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