It seems like a hot button issue for this election is surprisingly going to be reparations for African Americans. This trend started when Kamala Harris was asked about it during a radio talk show but now Elizabeth Warren is jumping on that bandwagon.
Harris confirmed her stance with The New York Times with the following statement:
“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.”
Warren’s campaign just affirmed that she was also on board with reparations but did not give details.
“That two leading Democratic candidates have embraced reparations — the concept that the federal government should both acknowledge the ongoing legacy of slavery and discrimination and provide compensatory payment to those affected — is a major shift from past presidential campaigns and a win for activists who have tried to push the issue into the mainstream for decades. ”
“Opposition to reparations for the descendants of slaves is overwhelming, with 68% of the public against it and only 15% in favor.”
It is an odd move no one here today owns slaves. This an issue that should have been resolved back during the days of the Civil War not now. The Americans of today have no part in the enslavement of Africans. To force us to pay other Americans for the past is ridiculous. We have nothing to do with these Slave Captors of the past. Many of us do not even have family that were living here during the Civil War. Would we still have to pay for the misdeeds of people that died hundreds of years ago that we had nothing to do with?
Black people now prosper in America, you can see it in our media, sports, and even our past president. So why is this still an issue? I think Morgan Freedman said it best.