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2020 Democrats Propose New Approaches to Slavery Reparations

Do you support slavery reparations? If so, in what form?

by Axios | Updated on 2.26.19

Some 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are proposing non-traditional ways to provide reparations for the descendants of slaves, the AP's Errin Haines Whack reports.

What's new: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro have all made the case for the U.S. government to make reparations for "centuries of stolen labor and legal oppression," but none involve traditional cash payments.

Why it matters, per Whack: "[I]nstead of backing the direct compensation of African-Americans for the legacy of slavery, the Democratic candidates are talking about using tax credits and other subsidies."

  • Harris proposed monthly payments in the form of a tax credit to qualified U.S. citizens.
  • Warren proposed universal child care that would be guaranteed until a child is put in school.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, asked about the issue at a CNN town hall last night, didn't directly answer, but he said during the 2016 campaign that he did not support the idea.

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  • Robin
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    Thank heaven there’s no one alive today that suffered the terrors of slavery. So no reparations are due.

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  • Antonio
    Voted Support
    02/26/2019
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    Every other group of people have been given reparations or some form of it: Jews, Native Americans, Japanese, etc. But not Black Americans. It’s not about you or your forefathers owning slaves. It’s about acknowledging and right a wrong. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. SMH.

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  • Dicr
    02/26/2019
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    As a democrat I think they are wrong about this plan. The time has passed on this. Let’s work on universal healthcare and help out more Americans who need it.

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  • BacktotheRight
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    How many alive today were owned as slaves? Oh, none?. Thought so. If you weren’t literally owned by someone else you aren’t entitled to anything, sit down, shut up and work just like every other person in America, well most of us any way. LIKE MY TAKE? GIVE ME A FOLLOW

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  • Stewart
    Voted Support
    02/26/2019
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    I think the most important issue to address is the fact that more African Americans are locked up in prison then all of the slaves put together prior to the Civil War. The loopholes in the 13th amendment that allow for profit prisons to use prisoners as slaves needs to be addressed first. The system is still rigged and that needs to be fixed with comprehensive criminal justice reform.

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  • IllWill
    02/26/2019
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    I’m not against reparations, theoretically. I’m just not sure how you can implement it in the form of direct payments or tax credits with any competency. We don’t have all the records of the people who were enslaved. Not all the descendants of slaves can trace their ancestry back to them. There are also some white Americans that may have slaves in a small portion of their ancestry. How exactly will you be able to determine who gets reparations? I think we need to focus on what we know that we can get done like reforming a criminal justice system that targets black people, ending the death penalty which discriminates against African Americans, continuing affirmative action programs, giving equal funding to schools in the inner city compared to elsewhere, and creating additional jobs by repairing our broken infrastructure that will employ millions of African Americans.

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  • Stefani
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    Everyone who believes that reparations for Black People is a “thing of the past” should be obligated to work wage free for the next 40 years. I would also encourage them to read about the generational trauma experienced by current descendants of enslaved Africans due to state sanctioned slavery, lynching, church bombings, shootings, Jim Crow, Jane Crow, and Mass Incarceration. My mother, who is 77, has lived through them all save the first. The time is now.

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  • Matthew
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    I wasn’t a slave owner and no one alive today was a slave. Nobody is owed anything. If we start paying reparations for the past, then everybody will pay everybody else because everybody had slaves in the past and treated other people terrible. This whole idea that only white people are the ones who had slaves is getting old. Lots of black people had slaves too, what are they going to do? Pay themselves?

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    We are way past the need for them. It’s equal opportunity in our day and age. Democrats again are trying to buy votes and bankrupt our country so the can institute socialism enslaving the whole country.

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  • Chickie
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    For hundreds of years our country, run by white men who had a great deal of land and money, enslaved hundreds of thousands of people, all because of the color of their skin. We must never forget their pain and their inhumane treatment. We must never forget the crimes committed in our country by our Forefathers and slave owners. Although slavery is against the law, there is still a great deal of prejudice against people of color encouraged by the supposed leader of our country. Brought to the forefront after White Nationalists faced counter protestors in Charlottesville VA in August 2017, in front of the television cameras #45 said, “I think there is blame on both sides. You had some very bad people in that group.”, (referring to the White Nationalists). “But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides”. Before this administration, we had come forward in diversity. However, given that #45 defines himself as a “nationalist’, he has eradicated the progress by his racist vitriol and bigotry. While I feel compensation is not not necessary, recognition and continued lessons against the suffering of slaves should be memorialized on the Mall in Washington DC

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  • Ronald
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    USA freed their own slaves. No one alive has any direct experience in this situation. Freedom was the cure in this problem. USA has gone through EEOC, Civil rights , Affirmation, and such to cure the problem. Everyone can claim mistreatment of their ancestors in one manner, or another. Forgive the sins of Our fathers. Do not repeat them. Unite Our Nation. Endorse equality, and move on.

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  • RAN
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    This just shows her ignorance! No one alive today in this country was a slave owner or a slave, unless it was in another country where slavery still goes on today. Blacks were not the only race enslaved. Every race at some point in history was enslaved by another, some far worse than that which was here. You want reparations, I say yes, if The one to pay are the group that tried to keep slavery and segregation alive in this country. So yes to reparation if the Democrat party is the one forced to pay it!

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  • godquestion
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    As much as I believe that the whole slavery thing was evil and should be remembered as a terrible part of American history, I've never owned a slave. Why should I re-pay a person who was not enslaved for me never having enslaved them? Not only that, but what about the people who would be subject to such "reparations" when they are 2nd or 3rd generation Americans and never even had ancestors in this country who had anything to do with pre-Civil War slavery? Or the people who are 2nd or 3rd generation Americans who receive reparations regardless of the fact that they do not have ancestors who were affected by pre-Civil War slavery? This just doesn't even make sense.

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  • Tooluser1
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    There's no one within 3 generations of having been a slave OR slave holder. What about the descendants of Irish slaves? Will they be compensated? How will you identify the descendants of slave holders? What about descendants of African American slave holders? Will they be compensated? Pay compensation? Prorate it based on ancestral percentage? What about those of us who don't tan but have a percentage of African ancestry? How ludacris will we get?

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  • Miles
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    Several things to say about this: America was not solely “built by slaves” & if anything, slavery hurt the economy & held industrial innovation back decades. That’s why the south lost the civil war & slaves, who were already enslaved in Africa & first sold to Europeans, usually only accounted for agriculture & were only ~10% of the population at their peak. Slavery never should have happened, recently freed slaves & their immediate descendants should have received reparations, & they definitely helped build America, just not as much as claimed. I have no doubt in my mind that if Africans were not already enslaved in Africa, they never would have been enslaved in America. They may have gotten them from somewhere else, but they wouldn’t have just gone to Africa & rounded people up, especially not for the sole reason of them just being black. Also, okay so what form are these reparations going to come in? Do you know how difficult it would be to find every descendent of slaves in America & tell who wasn’t? If you’re half white/half black then is your white half going to give reparations to your black half? Should white people just write a yearly check to their black friends? How much would the “reparation tax” be? How would you put a number on slavery reparations? You wouldn’t, it would have no basis in reality. & if you want reparations from Americans for slavery, you need to also ask present-day Africans for reparations as well because they were the first to enslave each other & sold them to people from all over the world. Affirmative action has been in place for decades that gives blacks an easier road to college (& law/med school etc.), which are the main tools for success now. The disparity in grades & test scores that white people have to achieve for admission vs. black people is rather large & Asians have it even much harder than white people. Affirmative action was necessary at the time, for a while. Now it is wildly unnecessary. One of the largest things that has been holding black people back is single parent homes, which does not stem from discrimination (I have never seen actual evidence that black people are imprisoned more solely for being black). The Democrats have tried for years upon years to replace the black father with the government & it hurts, badly. 70% of drug addicts, teen suicides, & high school dropouts come from single parent homes. They want you to think America as a whole is a racist, bigoted place even when we had a black president who was re-elected, women & people of all faiths all over politics, a reduction in hate crimes & women being hired in STEM fields 2-1 to men. The only reason hate crimes have “gone up” by ~900 is because almost 1,000 more law enforcement agencies have been reporting them. But per agency/department, the number has gone down, indicating a drop in hate crimes. 1/3 of hate crimes are faked or falsely labeled as a hate crime because there is too much demand for hate crimes & not enough supply, because newsflash: America as a whole is not a racist or bigoted place & is the most free place to ever exist. No one alive today has taken part in slavery & no one alive today has been enslaved. Affirmative action was put in place as a “reparation” for segregation & it’s still in effect, what else could you possibly do other than literally just give your money to black people? You can call me racist all you want but I know sensible people from all political & ethnic backgrounds would agree with most of this, if not all. This is absurd, divisive, not based in reality, & is the epitome of the disgusting game that is identity politics.

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  • fairandimpartialpolitics
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    One, she’s using this subject as a tool to get African-American votes. This is what is all about. Two, not one person alive today has been a slave nor owned slaves. Why should African-Americans ever trust the party that was pro-slavery, separated (temporary) from the union creating the confederacy, and waged war against the party that wanted freedom for the Africans of that time! These are the people who voted to legalize the death of babies while in the belly of their mothers to support the selfish decisions of their followers; this is the party that voted against providing medical care for babies that survive abortions. Let them die is what that means. How much more evil can they get?! They legalized immorality under Obama. Look at the world we live in today! If you are African-American don’t fall for empty promises (example: Obama). You and our ancestors memory are being used for their personal gain and furthering their agenda.

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  • James
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    I never met a Slave in My Life! Other than us working blue collar stiffs! But sorry! Unless you have been a real slave in Your Life in This Country then you get nothing! Not from my tax dollars! My family was not even here when there was slavery and we never lived in a so called Slave State! Get a damned job!

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  • CombatVeteran
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    Unless you were actually a slave, you don't deserve any "reparations." It's time folks get over themselves and their attempts at getting free money. Work for it like everyone else.

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  • tituswife
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    It's 2019. You weren't a slave. I wasn't a slave owner.

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  • Tom
    Voted Oppose
    02/26/2019
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    Slavery was abolished (it was kind of a big deal, you can still read about it) long ago. Slavery exists today mostly in the form of sex slavery and is currently quite illegal. Slavery was awful, and I’m glad it was abolished. Thankfully, nobody I know was ever affected by it because it ended SO LONG AGO. Nobody today owes, or is owed, anything for anything done that far back. Do we hold today’s Germans accountable to the Jewish people? Do we hold ourselves accountable to the Japanese? Should we all be mandated to trace our family trees and pay/collect on any debts we find? Or, how about this... we read about it in our history books, reflect on how bad it was back then and work to ensure it doesn’t happen ever again and MOVE THE HELL ON!!!

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