More Talk, No Action?

3/21/2019

The issue of reparations has become a hotly politicized topic in the run up to the 2020 presidential election. Reparations as redress for the horrors inflicted upon black people in the United States, both during and after slavery, isn’t a new conversation, but it has gained renewed interest among a segment of black voters, especially those active on social media.

Reparations have long been a point of discussion and activism in the black community. Groups like N’COBRA (The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America), AFRE (All for Reparations and Emancipation), NAARC (National African American Reparations Commission), ICTJ (International Center for Transitional Justice), the Nation of Islam and many other Pan-Africanist organizations, have all been involved in the reparations struggle; be it in keeping the conversation alive, or producing agendas that outline and address the needs of black people in a real, measurable way.

The response from the Democratic Party to the issue of reparations has been mixed. Presidential candidates like Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris have talked about supporting all distressed communities through initiatives such as baby bonds and tax credits for poor families. While Marianne Wilson, an author who recently announced her candidacy for president, stated that she supported the idea of reparations of USD $100 billion, spread out over a 10-year period.

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