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Warren Says She Supports Reparations for Black Americans Impacted by Slavery

It’s a “policy that experts say could cost several trillion dollars,” according to the New York Times.

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2019 @3:24pm
Warren Says She Supports Reparations for Black Americans Impacted by Slavery

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told the New York Times Thursday that she supports reparations for black Americans impacted by slavery.

The news comes a week after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) appeared on a radio show and agreed that reparations “were necessary to address the legacies of slavery and discrimination” in the U.S. Both women are candidates running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Here’s the New York Times report on Warren’s promise to support reparations, a policy which could cost trillions of dollars, according to experts:

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

Ms. Warren also said she supported reparations for black Americans impacted by slavery — a policy that experts say could cost several trillion dollars, and one that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and many top Democrats have not supported.

The Warren campaign declined to give further details on that backing, but it came amid her calls for the federal government to provide special home-buying assistance to residents of communities that were adversely affected by “redlining,” the discriminatory practice of denying mortgages, usually in poor and nonwhite areas.

The move by Warren and Harris separate them from the rest of the 2020 Democratic field, and it could further divide Democrats as the nomination process plays out. The Times’s Astead W. Herndon noted that “race-conscious policies could emerge as a fissure in a wide-open Democratic primary, as some moderate candidates seek to run against the party’s recent leftward lurch.”

The decision to back reparations is also a break from the party’s past standard-bearers and leaders, with former President Barack Obama calling it “impractical” in 2016:

Mr. Sanders, the Vermont leftist whose rhetoric of a political revolution won him throngs of supporters in the last Democratic primary and disrupted the party establishment, dismissed the idea of reparations as politically unpalatable in January 2016, upsetting some racial justice activists who found his answer hypocritical. Mrs. Clinton, who beat Mr. Sanders for the 2016 nomination, also declined to support reparations.

Mr. Obama, the country’s first black president, was seen in some political quarters as reticent about prioritizing the interests of black voters, and he called the idea of reparations impractical in 2016.

Time will tell if other 2020 Democratic candidates will join Warren and Harris on this issue, but if the primary process has taught us anything so far, it’s a near-guarantee that they will all be asked about it in the coming weeks.

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