Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are the recent Democratic presidential candidates who are embracing reparations for the Black community. Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, addressed the need for the American government to compensate African-Americans for the ramifications of slavery and racial discrimination during an interview on The Breakfast Club, earlier this month.
She reaffirmed the sentiment in a statement to The New York Times on Feb. 21.
“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. “I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities.”
According to the news publication, Warren also supported reparations in some form for the African-American descendants of slavery. She refused to provide further details on the backing.
On the first day of Black History Month, spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson announced her plan to pay out $100 billion in reparations for slavery after announcing her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.