(Right Country) – Cedric Richmond, a White House senior adviser, spoke with “Axios on HBO,” stating that it’s totally “doable” for President Biden to make progress toward reparations during the first term — and hopefully his last — as Congress conducts studies on the issue of slavery.
According to Axios, Biden stated on several occasions during the presidential election that he is in total support of creating a commission to study and come up with proposals for reparations for descendants of African-American slaves.
Just last week, a House panel listened to testimony on the piece of legislation, and Richmond is confident that it will pass. He went on to stated that the timeline for the commission isn’t knowable, “if you start talking about free college tuition to [historically Black colleges and universities] and you start talking about free community college in Title I and all of those things, I think that you are well on your way.”
“We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African Americans,” Richmond went on to say. “[W]e have to do stuff now.”
Richmond then went on to point to an executive action that’s been taken by Biden “breaking down barriers in housing, making sure that African Americans can pass down wealth through homeownership, that their homes are not valued less than homes in different communities just because of the neighborhood it’s in.”
“We don’t want to wait on a study,” Richmond said. “We’re going to start acting now.”
Now, there’s a whole lot of problems with the idea of reparations that folks don’t want to talk about because they are afraid if they do, Democrats will come out of the woodwork and start slapping them around with “racist” labels. But we need to have these tough conversations, no matter how hated they might make us.
One problem with reparations is who gets to decide how much money to provide for the black community. How do we find out who is descended from slaves and who isn’t? Who pays for this? Is it only taken from white people or from everyone in the country, even if they and their ancestors had nothing to do with slavery? These are some major issues.
The bottom line is, we’ve made a lot of progress toward ending racism. However, it seems to me that reparations will only further divide the country. Not to mention there isn’t much support for the idea among the American people. Meaning that if reparations become a done deal, it might do serious harm to the Democratic Party. This could result in them losing key future elections and not being able to finish their socialist transformation of this country.
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