(UnitedVoice.com) – Reparations are a controversial topic in the United States. These are payments or other policies that reimburse descendants of slaves for the injustice. While most Americans agree that slavery was a black mark on the country, the majority are not willing to pay for it. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK) is now endorsing reparations.
On October 9, RFK Jr. announced he was no longer running for president as a candidate for the Democratic Party. Instead, he launched an independent bid for the White House. His website now contains a section dedicated to civil rights.
According to RFK Jr.’s site, he believes that while many aspects of life have gotten better for black people in America, that’s not the case with everything. African Americans are still lagging behind their white counterparts in other ways, including wealth and health. He said the country needs to “take direct action to remedy” the wrongs and “repair the wounds of history.”
The independent candidate supports setting federal funds aside to “rebuild black infrastructure.” However, he claimed the money would be available to all “devastated communities” across America, saying skin color wouldn’t be part of the criteria.
Breitbart reported that RFK Jr. supports “direct redress payments or tax credits.” He explained that black-owned businesses, schools, and other infrastructure was targeted by racists during the Jim Crow era. For those reasons, they weren’t able to build generational wealth like white families did.
Earlier this year, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked what President Joe Biden’s opinion about reparations was. She didn’t give a policy position. Instead, she said it was up to Congress to decide what to do. Republicans do not support reparations. According to the Pew Research Center, 68% of Americans do not believe the descendants of slaves should receive repayments for slavery, no matter what the repayment plan entails.
While RFK Jr. might be on board, the majority of the rest of the country isn’t.
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