Top Biden aide says administration will ‘start acting now’ on reparations for African Americans

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White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond says the Biden administration will “start acting now” to deliver reparations for African Americans in the form of government-funded college tuition and other measures, adding that there is no need to wait for Congress to study the prospect of direct payments to Americans based on race.

What are the details?

Last month, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing on H.R. 40 — a bill sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and co-sponsored by 161 other Democrats — that would set up a federal commission to explore reparations for black Americans, The Hill reported.

Richmond, a Democratic former congressman from Louisiana, told “Axios on HBO” that he believes legislation to create such a commission will pass, but, “We don’t want to wait on a study. 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,” Richmond told the outlet, reiterating, “We have to do stuff now.”

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He added, “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 you are well on your way.”

Biden’s senior adviser was echoing the urgency expressed by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who was asked two weeks ago about the president’s views on H.R. 40.

The Associated Press noted that while Psaki stopped short of promising Biden would sign the legislation if it reaches his desk, Psaki said during a press conference that “he certainly would support a study of reparations.”

“He understands we don’t need a study to take action right now on systemic racism,” Psaki said, adding, “so he wants to take actions within his own government in the meantime.”

What’s the background?

The Daily Wire pointed out that H.R. 40 was first introduced by the late Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) in 1989, and Lee has continued to reintroduce it since.

But the legislation has found legs under the Biden administration, after the president promised on the campaign trail to support a study on the prospect of reparations.

TheBlaze previously reported:

Americans overwhelmingly oppose reparations, as a Reuters/Ipsos poll last summer found that only 1 in 5 respondents agreed the U.S. government should use “taxpayer money to pay damages to descendants of enslaved people in the United States.”

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  1. Reparations? Send all the militant blacks back to Africa on ships with a big hole in it. I doubt if even Africa would even want them.

    1. A hyphenated American is not an American at all. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.”
      Theodore Roosevelt… 1915

      I will wager all I have that no one living in America was ever a slave AND no one living in America ever OWNED slaves and this idea of reparations for LAZY ASS BLACK folks should be DOA!! I know of no “RESPECTABLE” black person favoring reparation.

      In 1964, President Johnson and feminists declared fathers unnecessary for the make up of a family which was the initial step for the government took over that role. On January 8, 1964 President Johnson in his state of the union address declared a “war on poverty” then signed legislation for what was the beginning of “cradle to grave” social programs which have yet to produce any tangible results. On an open mic Johnson was heard to say in signing this bill “we will have those Ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years”!! Instead, these social programs have grown to monstrous proportions because human nature always opts for the easy way out. It should be noted that black people are not the only Ni**ers! Ni**ers are present in ALL ethnicities! Being a Ni**er is an ATTITUDE not a skin color!!!

      1. Your last 2 sentences say it all, properly.
        It is a state of being that has nothing to do with skin color.

      2. You hit the nail on the head!!!! That was so well written and explained any comments I make will pale in comparison. Well done Marine, well done!!

    2. It wouldn’t matter if every valuable thing on the face of the earth — money, natural resources, gem stones, precious metals — were transferred into the hands of non whites, within a year, the non whites will have squandered it all and be back to demanding social welfare programs.

  2. Reparations is just a fig leaf for misplaced white guilt. In the first case, I suspect we’d find a large percentage of blacks in this country are NOT African American (including Kamala Harris); in the second, we’d find a large percentage had no ancestor who was a slave, since it ended 150 years ago. In the third, an adjustment would be necessary for the trillions in benefits and affirmative action that have been already spent. Just another kooky left-wing promise. And, by the way, for those folks still wanting the “40 acres and a mule” that was promised to them in the 1860s I’d like some compensation for my ancestors, among the 600,000 dead who fought to free the slaves.

    1. White guilt? Is that like white privilege?

      I have often wondered about why Whites are racists, and no other race is….
      Someone finally said it. How many are actually paying attention to this?
      There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.
      Theodore Roosevelt in 1915 said “hyphenated American is not an American at all. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.” so there are just Americans.. You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.
      You call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’… And that’s OK..
      You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you….So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
      You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King Day.
      You have Black History Month.
      You have Cesar Chavez Day.
      You have Yom Hashoah.
      You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
      You have the NAACP.
      You have BET….
      If we had WET (White Entertainment Television), we’d be SUPREME racists having WHITE PRIVILEGE!!.
      If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us SUPREME racists having WHITE PRIVILEGE!!..
      If we had White History Month, we’d be SUPREME racistshaving WHITE PRIVILEGE!!.
      If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives, we’d be SUPREME racists having WHITE PRIVILEGE!!.
      We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
      Wonder who pays for that?
      A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.
      If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships… You know we’d be SUPREME racists having WHITE PRIVILEGE!!.
      There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US .
      Yet if there were ‘White colleges’, that would be a racist college.
      In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights.
      If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us SUPREME racists having WHITE PRIVILEGE!!
      You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it.
      But when we announce our white pride, you call us SUPREME racists having WHITE PRIVILEGE!!
      You rob us, car jack us, and shoot at us.
      But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a SUPREME racists having WHITE PRIVILEGE!!
      I am proud…… But you call me a SUPREME racists having WHITE PRIVILEGE!!
      Why is it that only whites can be racists?
      There is nothing improper about this post.
      Let’s see which of you are proud enough to send it on. I sadly don’t think many will. That’s why we have LOST most of OUR RIGHTS in this country.
      We won’t stand up for ourselves!
      BE PROUD TO BE AN American
      It’s not a crime YET…. But “WOKE” LIEberal Demoshits are pushing being white to be a criminal offence!!! We aren’t there yet but getting very close!

      I will not apologize for being born with white skin. I will not apologize for being a Christian. I will not apologize for supporting Family values AND I will not apologize for being a PATRIOTIC CONSERVATIVE that supports our constitution and the rule of law!!

      I personally do not attack anyone else’s race, beliefs, or what they do in their lives as long as they do not break laws, harm other people or impose their beliefs on others under the guise of Political Correctness using government force.

      I am sick and tired of being assailed for any of the above, and will proudly continue to be who and what I am. FYI there are millions like me so you might want to adjust your own attitude, as I change for no one!!!

      Political Correctness is a manipulative tool employed by the left for centralizing power to end all debate on all subjects frowned upon by the one dimensional regressive LIEberal left!! That way they needn’t have to have the means to defend their agenda just employ the standard deflective tools ingrained in the vacuum between their ears!!

      Political Correctness has the power to dictate one’s policies onto everyone else!!

      Political Correctness is meant to silence those who disagree with one dimensional regressive hypocritical politically correct socialist-communist LIEberal doctrine/tenet!!

      Politically correct language… is designed to make abominable actions (being QUEER) acceptable, lies sound truthful, murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to hot air. Pure wind.

      Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

      Political Correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance

      Political Correctness is fascism pretending to be Manners

      Political Correctness is the art of employing euphemisms, lies, emotionalism, and fear mongering to dupe people into accepting or even demanding their own enslavement!!!

      Wiley’s Dictionary Definition of Political Correctness — Silence the logical conclusion of politically correct speech.

      I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of or calls me I REFUSE to bow to Political Correctness and change for no one!!!

      1. Hey brother…Great response!

        There’s an annual contest at the Griffiths University, Australia, calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term.

        The term: “political correctness”

        The winning student wrote: “Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rapidly promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end.”

      2. Hear, Hear my Brother! You are spot on and totally correct! I have no use for a racist of any skin color, and that includes those with dark skin. There are very few African-Americans here in the USA. I do know 3 personally and they are citizens because the passed the citizenship tests and came from South Africa before becoming an American. Incidentally, all of them have White skin. Teddy Roosevelt was correct, you are either an American or you aren’t. I say not only No to reparations, but HELL NO! I never owned any slaves and I have never been a racist or even a bigot until after I moved to the South and was attacked and nearly stabbed to death by a Negro simply because I was a Caucasian! I have had many great friends who happened to be of the Negro Race, so what? It was because they were good guys that I liked and who like me. Skin tone had nothing to do with it. Semper Fi Marine!

      3. Hope you don’t mind Marine, but I be sent this summation of TRUE racism in America to many friends and family who I’m sure will pass it on. I’m not white, I am what politics refers to as a “Native American “ (gag me!). I’m 110% red boned American as I can tell you are. Proud to stand with other true PATRIOTS like you.

  3. It won’t make any difference. If they make any type of reparation payments now, or later. Those that feel they are being held back by systemic racism will still feel they are being held back or it is someone else’s fault they haven’t progressed. And in a few decades someone with short term memory will bring it up that this next generation didn’t benefit from the reparations of this generation and will want to review it all over again.

    With pulling up to study reparations, this administration and congress are doing the same thing the Carpet Baggers from the north did at the end of the Civil War. There was even a bill for reparations then of 40 acres and a mule but the Democrat Carpetbaggers from the north showed their true belief’s and blocked that from going out then and it will be just as much talk and inaction today.

    Listen to the rhetoric today. In my youth MLK called out for all men to be treated by their character not the color of their skin. Today that has been flushed. It is no longer about equal treatment, you have black students in Pacific NW asking for segregated dorms and student union building. The racist rhetoric is the highest I have personally seen since 1964 and it is coming from POC not whites. It is to the point if someone doesn’t like the results it was a racist decision. Those under 50 do not understand what systemic racism really is. We do not have it today, you don’t have segregated bathrooms and water fountains. You don’t have separate schools. And as for fake news, if we have systemic racism today we had widespread voter fraud at the last election. You can’t use one matrix to explain one without using same method for explaining the other. If 19 shootings in the US out of the millions of police encounters is evidence of systemic racism (never mind more of other races were shot in same time period) then thousands of fraudulent votes and/or voting “irregularities” per state is evidence of mass voter fraud.

  4. So you want us tax payers who have NEVER owned a slave to give money to blacks who have NEVER been a slave. I don’t think this will set well with the citizens of our country and will FURTHER divide us to a point of no return.

    1. Well said Patrick. In a nutshell.

      It was the Portuguese and Spaniards that sent ships for the coast of Africa it was Africans that went inland to kidnap their countrymen and drag them to the shore to sell them to aforementioned, but then why are we the ones at fault. As it is even today, black Americans sell the worst kinds of drugs to their own and are the greater offenders of consuming them but white Americans are to blame. Someone needs an education on reality.

      Donald J. Trump gave black Americans an opportunity and it was greatly embraced so now all black Americans should help their fellow race and take responsibility and have the bad apples removed like BLM and the local drug dealers all are killing you and it’s not the majority of blacks it’s this attempt to make you think Democrats care, They don’t,

      Donald J. Trump does and so do we conservatives.

      Let’s take back America peacefully and Demanding our freedom. “Help Keep America Great” Our vote was stolen and that is Unlawful.

    2. It was the Democrats that started the KKK, it was the Democrats that pushed secredation, it is the Democrats that are against school choice. They are the racist party, They use blacks as pawns to win elections. If that doesn’t work they cheat.

  5. Hey brother I have never thought of myself even close to being a racist but what they are doing is hurting a lot of good people black or white Obama the ahole started this crap the only thing I pray for is that a big sink hole happens in Washington it could take the town and it wouldn’t make me upset at all God Bless the USA

  6. Every one in the US should not have to pay this as only 4% of the population owned slaves. The descendants of slave holders should pay these costs. No one who is alive today was a slave or owned a slave. What a waste of time and tax payer money. How about congress donating their salaries to this cause. Another thing…how can there be so many millionaires in congress when making $174,000 annually. Most if them this is the only job they ever had.

  7. Folks it’s finally here, rampant socialism and reverse discrimination…Don’t pay your taxes. If every single White, Latino and Asian taxpayer decided to stop paying, you can bet the government would sit up and take notice very quickly. No one in this country needs or deserves reparations. If they don’t like living here, it’s time to pack their bags and head on back to the dark continent. I’m sure there are several African nations who would be happy to take them back, and if they don’t, and I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t, well they’re on your own. You’re not going to live off the backs of us working White, Latino and Asian taxpayers.

  8. How about reparations for the family’s of the 350,000 Union soldiers that died to free the slaves?

  9. ANY reparation based on race or color is RACIST. Anyone that can prove they have been a slave should receive $1.00 and a one way ticket back to where they came from. Africa has already said they do NOT want black Americans . The tribes in Africa are really racist. Any mixed tribal blood is reason to kill the one of mixed blood. So, send them back to Africa, they won’t last a week. You can also send them to any of the liberal countries in the world. They would love it there until they found out if you want to eat you’re gonna work. If they don’t like it here then get rid of them

  10. This is past absurd. The inmates are running the asylum. It was over 100 years ago. Get over it.

    Another Democrat discrimination against fairness and white people Gonna be a nightmare 4 years that
    will do so much damage, it will never be fully undone. Rolling back the good Trump did the working people is easy but fixing the Biden damage may be impossible

    Biden will go down in history as the worst president ever and Obama the second worst ever

  11. We already have case law for reparation, use the same standard that was used for the Japanese internment survivors. Prove that you personally were a slave in the United States and you will get reparations.

  12. Since I am a white woman that did not get the promotion that I deserved in the 1960s due to Affirmative Action, and it was given to our stock helper that spent time sleeping in the stock room. The company wanted me to do the work and I would get another raise, but the stock helper will get the office and commissions on my work. I listened politely and then gave my two weeks notice. I feel I am do reparation money due to the unfair government requirement that businesses had to promote and hire unqualified people. People were given a chance and often they did little since it was difficult to fire them, according to the government.

  13. Here is what everyone is missing. The left, DUMBOCRAPS, do all their dirty work for 2 reasons. First is to get re-elected. Second, and most important, is to keep us divided and fighting an imaginary battle, while they go about their merry way. Wake up American. Ignore these leftist SOB’s and vote them out of office. I agree with resident Donald J. Trump, America will never be a socialist country. Why? Because we are special and we have opportunity unlike anywhere in the world.

  14. These people are mentally ill. First, my white ancestors didn’t arrive into the US until 50 years after the Civil War ended. I’m sure most white Americans fall into that category.
    Second, what about Bi-racial people? If your 1/4 African ancestry does that mean the government will only pay for 1 year of tuition for a 4 year degree?
    Democrats use divisive politics in order to control us. Don’t believe anything they say!

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