President Biden’s silence on the topic of reparations is causing a significant loss of support among Black voters, particularly those of American descendants of slavery (ADOS). Pro-reparations activists are accusing the Democratic Party of neglecting the Black community and using fear-mongering tactics during elections instead of offering a transformative Black agenda.
The call for reparations is gaining traction at the local level, with cities and states considering various proposals. One such proposal, introduced by Rep. Cori Bush, seeks $14 trillion in reparations to address the wealth gap between White and Black Americans resulting from past racist policies. While the proposal may face criticism, its supporters believe it is a vital step in acknowledging historical injustices.
Despite this growing momentum for reparations, President Biden has yet to take a clear stance on the issue. The White House has expressed support for studying reparations but has not actively backed specific legislation or executive action. This lack of response has frustrated those advocating for reparations, who feel that Biden is taking the Black vote for granted.
Racial justice groups and some Democrats are urging Biden to create a national reparations commission through executive order. However, there are differing opinions among activists, with some believing that executive orders are insufficient and that a congressional bill is necessary.
At the local level, cities like Ann Arbor and Fulton County have been considering reparations, and the Department of Health in New York City is exploring the potential of reparations to address racial and wealth inequities.
Evanston, Illinois, stands as the first city to provide reparations, committing $10 million over ten years to assist qualifying Black residents with home repairs and other needs. On the state level, New York is close to establishing a commission to study the effects of slavery and racial discrimination, potentially leading to recommendations for reparations.
While opposition from Republicans and partial support from Democrats hinder progress on reparations at the federal level, pressure on President Biden and the White House to take a decisive stance will likely mount as more localities consider reparations as a way to address historical injustices. The Black vote remains crucial for Biden, and his lack of action on reparations may influence future elections.
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