This statement given by Sen. Klobuchar is one of the first direct answers on financial reparations given by a Democratic presidential candidate this cycle as Senator Elizabeth Warren (D- MA) and Senator Kamala Harris (D- CA) have both dodged the question. Only former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has openly expressed willingness to give financial reparations.
Klobuchar stated her approach to the issue of reparations would be “to invest in those communities that have been so hurt by racism.” We can do that by analyzing the system of education, “making sure that we have that shared dream of opportunity for all Americans.”
Senator Bernie Sanders (D- VT) has also made inconclusive remarks on reparations stating on The View that “there are better ways to [address this problem] than just writing out a check.” Castro has called out Sen. Sanders on his inconsistent solutions pointing to his response of “‘We need to write a big check.’” to the issues of Medicare for All and tuition-free college.
The issue of reparations is clearly splitting the Democratic party this presidential cycle as it becomes an increasingly important issue to many Democratic candidates.
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