A top advisor to President Joe Biden recently asserted that the White House is “going to start acting now” on reparations for African Americans.
According to The Daily Wire, White House Senior Advisor Cedric Richmond told Axios on HBO in an interview on Monday that Congress is currently debating forming a commission to study how reparations would be implemented. Nonetheless, Richmond asserted that the Biden administration must act immediately since a timeline for the commission is unknown.
“We don’t want to wait on a study,” Richmond said. “We’re going to start acting now. We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African Americans. We have to do stuff now.”
“If you start talking about free college tuition to [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] and you start talking about free community college in Title I and all of those things, I think that you are well on your way,” he continued.
Reparations have been debated on since the idea was first introduced by the late Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) in 1989. The topic has been reintroduced repeatedly in years since by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
As the New York Post reported last summer, reparations would again pique interest following the death of George Floyd.
Last month, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a reporter in a press briefing that Biden supports “a study of reparations.”
“Well, he’s supported a study of reparations, which I believe is what’s being discussed, and studying the continuing impacts of slavery, which is being discussed in this hearing on H.R. 40, I believe it is,” Psaki said at the time.
“And he continues to demonstrate his commitment to take comprehensive action to address the systemic racism that persists today,” she continued. “Obviously, that is — having that study is a part of that, but he has signed an executive order on his first day, which would begin to deliver on his commitment to having an across-government approach to addressing racial inequality and making sure equity is a part of his entire policy agenda.”
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