Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib has gone all in on slavery reparations and wants “direct payments” right now.
While speaking with the media this week, Tlaib made it clear that she wants direct cash payments to her constituents for slavery reparations as soon as possible.
Her demand was in response to reporter Nicholas Ballasy, who asked: “Congresswoman, I just wanted to ask you about your tweet regarding the reparations hearing. What do you hope is the next step coming out of the reparations hearing that was done yesterday?”
“I hope that there is a serious conversation about voting on reparations. HR40 has been introduced by my predecessor for decades, Congressman Conyers, it is something that is very important to my district. The national conference on reparations is going to happen in Detroit this coming weekend. This is an incredibly important issue,” Tlaib replied.
She then added: “I mean, if you think about any movement work on immigrant rights, on civil rights, on labor rights, it has always started in Detroit and this is something that is very rooted in trying to combat what’s happened to black Americans, continues to happen with black Americans being not actually been able to get on a level playing field — on the same level after ending slavery.”
Ballasy responded by asking: “Something witnesses at the hearing mentioned, direct payments. Others mentioned investing in African-American communities around the country. What would you support? Direct payments to individuals or descendants of slaves or something else?”
Tlaib then went all in:
“I support any opportunity for restorative justice, and that could come up all above in some instances. But I think there is a serious conversation happening in the committee and I hope continues to happen regarding reparations. But I guess it should be determined by all of us. And I can tell you at home it is direct payment that people want to see, but also increased access to higher education to real equitable funding in education systems right now across the country.”
Tlaib’s position on slavery reparations is basically that she wants direct payments right now for slavery reparations.
The idea of reparations for slavery has become a hot topic in recent months, especially given several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have publicly endorsed the idea and vowed to take action if they become the next POTUS.
Earlier this month, failed Texas senatorial candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke put his full support behind reparations.
In March, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a detailed answer on the question of reparations for black Americans and called it a “top priority.”
Back in February, Sen. Kamala Harris admitted that she supports “some sort” of reparations to African-Americans for slavery.
It’s nothing short of pandering to a small segment of a critical demographic that lives in the past.