HomeCandidates 2018Alexandria Ocasio-CortezCastro, Harris, Warren declare support for reparations. What does that mean in policy terms?
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I don’t think Senator Harris has fully come out for reparations. Briahna Gray, in that same article referenced, said this:

When asked specifically about reparations during her “Breakfast Club” interview, Harris “recognized” the discrimination that black Americans have historically faced, and made the case for why reparations are deserved. But like Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sanders before her, she declined to support a specific reparations program. “There are a number of ways to do it,” she finally answered, before gesturing again to racially unspecific means-tested programs like her LIFT Act.

I might add, Harris hasn’t come out for anything in particular (chameleon just like POTUS #44), except LIFT, something she authored.


My question is whether these candidates are simply pandering to a segment of voters or is it an authentic point of view?


I can’t speak to Harris and Warren, but it’s possible Castro is more sincere about it.

Castro discussed this with The Root this week.


The question comes about 3:57 in the video.


Warren: Native Americans should be ‘part of the conversation’ on reparations

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Friday that Native Americans should be “part of the conversation” on reparations, The Washington Post reported.

Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, made the remarks to about 900 supporters at New Hampshire’s annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner.

When asked at the dinner Friday night to explain her position on reparations, Warren pointed to America’s “ugly history” of racism and noted her own bill to address housing discrimination against African-Americans.

“America has an ugly history of racism,” Warren told attendees, according to the Post. “We need to confront it head-on. And we need to talk about the right way to address it and make change.”

“I have a housing bill that talks about more recent forms of discrimination which we also need to address head-on,” she reportedly continued.

Warren previously indicated support, along with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), for reparations for black Americans affected by slavery. Former housing and urban development secretary Julián Castro also suggested support for reparations for black Americans.

Warren’s bill, if passed, would increase the availability of low-income rent housing around the country, and is supported by members of the Congressional Black Caucus.