Reparations are perhaps the most divisive policy idea in American politics. Advocates have spent years calling on lawmakers to assess how the government can provide financial compensation to the descendants of enslaved people.
Though legislation for reparations has failed countless times since its initial introduction in 1989, Joe Biden will move forward without Congress to ensure African Americans get their sought-after cash.
White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond said the Biden administration is moving forward, with or without Congress.
“We don’t want to wait on a study. We’re going to start acting now,” he told Axios.
“We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and specifically African Americans,” he said. “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 added.
Indeed, Joe Biden plans to pursue free college tuition for those students who attend historically black colleges, universities and community colleges as a form of slavery reparations, the Daily Caller reports.
Biden’s administration will move forward with policies to benefit African-Americans, as Congress weighs whether to create a commission to study the merits of reparations.
Reparation legislation was first introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) in 1989, but never made it to fruition. The idea of direct-payments to compensate for slavery – nearly 200 years later – is extremely controversial for several reasons: how recipients would be selected, how much money would be given, where the budget would come from and how much it would actually cost.
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