Barack Obama on Friday did not say that he was against financial reparations for slavery. Obama also said he would like to see reparations to include more money for inner city schools, healthcare and better job opportunities.
The AP reported:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.
The man with a serious chance to become the nation’s first black president argues that government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all.
…Some two dozen members of Congress are co-sponsors of legislation to create a commission that would study reparations — that is, payments and programs to make up for the damage done by slavery.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People supports the legislation, too. Cities around the country, including Obama’s home of Chicago, have endorsed the idea, and so has a major union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Advertisement - story continues below
In the past Obama has said that America was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery.
A reparations plan for blacks could extract several trillion dollars from American taxpayers’ pockets.