California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, two leading Democratic presidential candidates, are reportedly calling for reparations for black Americans.
Harris intends to implement a race-conscious policy which she claims are necessary to address the legacies of slavery and discrimination in the United States, the New York Times reported.
“We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities,” Harris told the Times. “I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities.”
Warren, who has been under fire after lying about her Native American ancestry, is also an advocate of reparations.
“We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences, including undermining the ability of black families to build wealth in America for generations,” Warren told the Times. “We need systemic, structural changes to address that.”
Rep. Julian Castro, D – Texas, San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Obama, is also considering a plan that would lead to reparations for black Americans.
“I have long thought that this country would be better off if we did find a way to do that,” Castro said in a 45-minute interview with The Root published Thursday. “What I do find challenging is the best way to do that. How do we ensure that its fair to every individual? We are talking about now 150 years, and there’s a process there, but what I believe is that its fundamentally worth that because of the injustice. What that would look like? I can’t say that I have that all figured out. But I do believe that the country would be better off if we were to do that.”
Reparations, which would entail the federal governments providing payments to those affected by slavery and discrimination, would cost trillions of taxpayer dollars.
Not only would implementing reparations policy be burden taxpayers, but determine how reparations would be distributed based on race would present an unfeasible challenge for the government, Leann Horrocks of American Thinker points out.
“On the first issue — who is actually “black”? Shall we use the Elizabeth Warren standard of 1/1024? Universal DNA testing would have more corrupt outcomes than a South Florida election,” Horrocks writes. “Shall we use the Rachel Dolezal standard of “identifying” as black? When freebies are at stake, a lot of identifying would be going on.”
She continues: “Shall we just go with skin color? I don’t think so. The capturing and sale of native African populations was largely a west African phenomenon. Would our large Somali population share in the largesse? They did not come through the slave ship route and do not share the slave ancestry story that Ms. Figaro presumably has.”