Marianne Williamson in Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019


On Civil Rights: Reparations is a debt that is owed, not financial assistance

Q: Many of your opponents support a commission to study the issue of reparations for slavery. But you are calling for up to $500 billion in financial assistance?

WILLIAMSON: It's not $500 billion in financial assistance. It's $500 billion payment of a debt that is owed. That is what reparations is. We need to recognize that when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice: 250 years of slavery followed by another hundred years of domestic terrorism.

Q: What makes you qualified to determine the figure $500 billion?

WILLIAMSON: There were 4 million slaves at the end of the Civil War, and they were all promised 40 acres and a mule for every family of four. If you did the math today, it would be trillions of dollars. Anything less than $100 billion is an insult. I believe that $200 billion to $500 billion is politically feasible today, because so many Americans realize there is an injustice that only reparations will heal

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

The above quotations are from Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019.
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