President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly “going to start acting now” on efforts to deliver reparations to African Americans, according to a senior adviser to the president.
Congress is currently debating forming a commission to study exactly how this radical left wing plan should be implemented, but White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond said during an interview with Axios on HBO that there is no time to wait for a commission, and that the president should not wait for Congress.
“We don’t want to wait on a study. We’re going to start acting now,” he told the outlet. “We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African Americans. We have to do stuff now.”
“Richmond said that while the timeline for the commission isn’t knowable, ‘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,’” Axios reported.
Last month, the White House said Biden is open to considering racial reparations depending on the actions of Congress, promising that the president is committed to taking “comprehensive action to address the systemic racism that persists today.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the remarks during an exchange with a reporter who brought up that Biden said during his campaign that he supported a study for reparations. “Does the president support the legislation?” the reporter asked. “He stopped short of saying that during the campaign. Would he sign that if it came to his desk?”
“Well, he’s supported a study of reparations, which is I believe is what’s being discussed, and studying the continuing impacts of slavery, which is being discussed in this hearing on H.R. 40, I believe it is,” Psaki said.
“And he continues to demonstrate his commitment to take comprehensive action to address the systemic racism that persists today. Obviously, that is — having that study is a part of that, but he has signed an executive order on his first day, which would begin to deliver on his commitment to having an across-government approach to addressing racial inequality and making sure equity is a part of his entire policy agenda.”
Former President Barack Obama never pushed the issue of reparations while in office, but last month told Rockstar Bruce Springsteen in a podcast that he absolutely would have liked to pursue reparations for slavery during his tenure as president, but that the “politics of white resistance” made the issue a “non-starter.”
“Obama said he believes reparations are ‘justified’ and that ‘there’s not much question that the wealth… the power of this country was built in significant part — not exclusively, maybe not even the majority of it, but a large portion of it — was built on the backs of slaves,’” Fox News reported.
Obama’s comments not only pave the way for Biden to push for reparations, but apply pressure on him to do so as well in order to keep supporters of the former president happy – most of which voted for Biden in 2020.