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TO REPRESENT TODAY IS NOT ENOUGH IF YOU FOUGHT FOR NOTHING IN YOUR PAST 

The Civil Writer Magazine

I reject this idea that who the candidates were in the 1960s, 90s, 2000s are irrelevant. Who you are and what you do, what you fought for, and who and what you fought against, is always relevant. As they step up to the microphone and talk a good game to run for office to lead this nation what they did and where they were during the protest of the 60s, Black Lives Matter Movement, police killings of young Black men and women, or reparations will mean something. Pick one if they weren't born during the 60s causes.

Joe Biden, weighing a 2020 White House bid, once advocated continued school segregation in the United States, arguing that it benefited minorities and that integration would prevent black people from embracing “their own identity.”

Bernie Sanders loved Dr. King., Bernie had the notion that he needed to use his own white privilege to fight back against racism and bigotry and oppression and inequality. And that desire to hold this country to a higher standard began to well up in Bernie as a young student at the University of Chicago. He became the chairman of the university chapter of the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) and merged the group with SNCC — the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

If they were too young how do the candidates feel about HR 40. HR 40, legislation called for a formal study of reparations for African Americans that was repeatedly introduced (but never passed) in the House of Representatives by former Rep. John Conyers for close to three decades. Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee reintroduced the bill in January. Which one of the candidates are for HR40.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has argued that instead of reparations, his focus on policies helping distressed communities in general would particularly aid black communities.

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), has called the issue important or acknowledged how history supports calls for restitution.

Pete Buttigieg: Although Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has said he does not believe direct cash payments are the best way to approach reparations, he supports H.R. 40 and has said that "we need to have some kind of accounting for the persistent racial inequities today there by design because of part and present racism."

Billionaire Tom Steyer, of all people came out swinging on awarding reparations to African Americans.

Amy Klobuchar: Klobuchar, the senior U.S. senator from Minnesota, has voiced support for reparations and said she believes the money doesn't have to be disbursed through direct payments. "Acknowledge what's happened," she said. "That means better education. That means looking at, for our whole economy, community college, one-year degrees, minimum wage, child care. Making sure that we have that shared dream of opportunity for all Americans."

Andrew Yang: At the recent NAN conference, Yang, an entrepreneur and philanthropist based in New York, said he would sign H.R. 40 into law if he is elected president.

Joe Biden is hoping Democratic voters see his decades of experience as the remedy for Trump’s presidency. Former Vice President Joe Biden ignored a question about whether he would support reparations for descendants of slavery.