Three Democratic presidential candidates have been talking about reparations - while Murdock's opinion is that this stand is ironic, looking back at history.
Questions are rising around the agenda behind slavery reparations. Meanwhile, three leading Democratic presidential candidates have recently come out in support of some form of 'reparations' for black Americans.
While there are no definitive terms that have yet been explained, last month saw these promising names backing the idea of compensating the descendants of enslaved people in the United States.
In a sign of how far Democrats have come in a two years, several major presidential candidates are now on the record as saying they support some form of reparations for black Americans impacted by the legacy of slavery and discrimination. https://t.co/xjPGZt6NGH— Liberal Equalist (@LiberalEqualist) 6 March 2019
However, Fox News' Deroy Murdock, in his op-ed, pointed out that it was the "watchful eyes of the Democrats" under which the South saw slavery's wide-spread agony. He recalled President Andrew Jackson, from the party’s 1828 launch while making that point.
"It was not until 1860’s election of Republican Abraham Lincoln that the final, decisive push toward abolition began. The GOP-led Union Army crushed the Democrat-led Confederacy in 1865. That’s when Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation came into full force, as Republicans freed the slaves," he wrote.
He goes on to recall the laws and 'reforms' that were made by the Democrats that ended up hurting the people from the black community over the course of two centuries.
This seems like a much stronger clearer answer that acknowledges we need race targeted solutions https://t.co/ekEy0q2OIL— Mia Brett 👸🏻 (@QueenMab87) 4 March 2019
Given how people have been taking stands on the reparations - including Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), as well as former Obama administration Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro - The Washington Post says that the extent of the support still remains unclear.
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Moreover, the candidates have also refused to offer specifics on what the program would involve. Earlier in February, Sen. Kamala D. Harris was asked in an interview with “The Breakfast Club” if she supported the reparations - and she cited her support for multiple programs to help black Americans.
Some of them included investing in historically black colleges, improving maternal mortality rates for black women and reducing racial disparities in the criminal justice system. When she was asked again if she was for 'some type' of reparations, she said that she was.
Maybe this will help. Clearly, she does support at least exploring it. https://t.co/lemTwubgzq— Lisa Bee (@leebee4life) 1 March 2019
“Centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, legal discrimination and segregation, and discrimination that exists today have led to a systemic wealth gap between black and white Americans that demands attention,” Harris said in a statement first given to the New York Times.
“We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities, and I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities.”
Black #Cosmopolitan Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren Back Idea for Reparations - https://t.co/gSQBI9LZQq #AmericanWomenInPolitics #AmericanWriters #California #KamalaHarris #ReparationsForSlavery #Slavery— Black Cosmopolitan (@blkcosmo) 27 February 2019
Meanwhile, Warren had also been asked a similar question - whether she supported the reparations. She had answered with a statement that she had also given to The Washington Post, saying: "The United States must implement systemic, structural changes to help black families."
Furthermore, she had also hinted towards a housing plan, which would offer special help for those affected by "redlining" -- the decades-long, systematic practice of discrimination in mortgage practices that have diminished the wealth of black Americans.
What BLACKS will get REPARATIONS from Democrat Socialists Harris & Warren for slavery? They are hoping BLACKS are too stupid! They won't follow through on this campaign promise. Remember the DEMOCRATIC PARTY is the party of SLAVERY! https://t.co/D6rIgSiVAi— Barbara Ann (@daynutrition) 26 February 2019
“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 said.
Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, first told The Root in an interview that he would favor reparations for Black Americans. A spokeswoman confirmed his comments but declined to elaborate.
"I have long thought that this country would be better off if we did find a way to do that,” Castro said. “I don’t find the notion challenging. What I do find challenging is the best way to do that.” While the depth of the support for the reparations has been vague from the three presidential candidates, they are willing to say that their support for race-based reparations marks a shift in the Democratic Party.
In recent times, according to The Washinton Post, the Democratic Party has overall moved left on the issues of racial and economic justice.
Bernie Sanders on 'The Breakfast Club' is a 'no' on slavery reparations The Vermont senator has spent the first few weeks of his Democratic presidential campaign trying to connect with African-American voters, something he largely failed to do in... https://t.co/GGFlhSvlBn #USRC pic.twitter.com/ynjJkDIXzY— U.S. Reality Check🗽 (@USRealityCheck) 6 March 2019
The Washington Post took the opinion of William Darity, a Duke professor who has long been an advocate of reparations. “I’m pleased to hear a willingness to explore the idea of reparations, but I’m not sure what they have in mind constitutes a reparations program,” he said.
“The danger is the possibility that the label ‘reparations’ is applied to a modest or incremental policy that falls far short of what is required, and political leaders then say the nation’s responsibility has been met,” he added.
“Even in the South, more than 80 percent of the white population never owned slaves.— Adrian Norman (@madriannorman) 7 March 2019
Only about 5 percent of whites have any sort of ‘generational’ connection to slavery.”
Great piece from the sage @larryelder https://t.co/5RBKzcPVQ0 via @epochtimes
It is the lack of specificity so far that is making a lot of advocates for reparations a bit skeptical, however, the fact that Warren, Castro, and Harris were willing to signal support for reparations marks an important milestone for a policy that even the Democratic Party’s left-wing politicians have shied away from.