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Thu May 16, 2019, 07:59 AM

 

In SC, Oprah pal, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson calls for slave reparations

Marianne Williamson, a best-selling author who has been described as Oprah Winfrey's friend, confidant and spiritual adviser, became the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to campaign in Anderson.

Standing in front of a banner urging supporters to "join the evolution," Williamson spoke Tuesday night to an enthusiastic, standing-room-only crowd of about 100 people at the Bleckley Inn in downtown Anderson. Her visit is part of a trip that will include stops in Columbia on Wednesday and Friday.

Here are some key takeaways:

Marianne Williamson supports reparations for descendants of slaves

Williamson said Tuesday that she wants to set aside between $200 billion and $500 billion over 20 years for educational and economic renewal projects to benefit descendants of slaves.

"Not only was the economic gap never closed, but so much of our policy since that time has ensured that it never would," Williamson said. "Even when there have been efforts made throughout the country at the accumulation of black wealth, there have been various ways that we have had governmental policy to thwart those efforts."

Read more: https://www.independentmail.com/story/news/local/2019/05/15/democratic-presidential-candidate-marianne-williamson-author-and-spiritual-adviser-oprah-winfrey-cam/3670137002/
(Anderson Independent Mail)
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Reply In SC, Oprah pal, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson calls for slave reparations (Original post)
TexasTowelie May 16 OP
Funtatlaguy May 16 #1
Indygram May 16 #6
Funtatlaguy May 16 #7
Indygram May 16 #10
BannonsLiver May 16 #11
samnsara May 16 #2
DownriverDem May 16 #4
customerserviceguy May 16 #9
WeekiWater May 16 #3
dalton99a May 16 #5
Funtatlaguy May 16 #8

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 08:07 AM

1. Reparations scares me in a public relations battle.

 

Red neck bigoted white racists already hate black people enough.
They think they are all on welfare or are stealing and should be in prison.
They would LOVE to have the talking point to recruit more racist assholes by saying “look what your liberals want to do now, give black people free money, your hard earned money just for being black. Join the KKK to prevent this from happening.”
That is exactly how they would see it and spin it.
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Response to Funtatlaguy (Reply #1)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:02 AM

6. Reparations are not necessarily about money

 

That would need to be debated thoroughly.

However, as Beto says...the ONLY way to finally get beyond systematic racism is to face the truth and discuss ALL of the history of this country, including slavery, jim crow and how racial inequality touches every single aspect of our society. Whether it's a 5 year old kindergarten class where the little kid of color is already at a disadvantage of being punished more harshly for the same thing to the disparity in access to higher education due to getting arrested and convicted on possession of marijuana at a higher rate it has to be dealt with once and for all. Hell, even access to capital to start a small business is impacted by race.

Reparations are first and foremost about REPAIR...and you can't repair a damn thing until you acknowledge there is a problem.
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Response to Indygram (Reply #6)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:04 AM

7. I've tried to debate affirmative action with these people. OMG.

 

They call it reverse racism against white People.
I’ve stopped talking to racists even those in my own family. It’s mind numbing.
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Response to Funtatlaguy (Reply #7)

Thu May 16, 2019, 01:52 PM

10. I've disowned a few family members

 

For being Trump loving, knuckle dragging bone-headed troglodytes.

On a brighter note...Beto talks about race to pretty much all white crowds and he gets loud cheers and clapping when he talks about this stuff. He is really great at speaking to controversial issues in a way that actually reaches people more easily.
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Response to Funtatlaguy (Reply #1)

Thu May 16, 2019, 02:32 PM

11. More realistically

 

You’d see every white RWNJ from here To Timbuktu dragging themselves through 12 miles of broken glass to get to the polls and vote for Donnie. If we want to guarantee peak white male turnout this is the way to do it.
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 08:24 AM

2. one question: Can she beat Trump?

 

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Response to samnsara (Reply #2)

Thu May 16, 2019, 08:47 AM

4. No she can't

 

repub Christians would rip her apart.
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Response to samnsara (Reply #2)

Thu May 16, 2019, 01:44 PM

9. I wouldn't worry

 

about Williamson in the primaries, she's probably going to be one of the first ones to drop out.
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 08:28 AM

3. RACIAL RECONCILIATION & HEALING

 

A core principle of a Williamson presidency will be focusing on the underlying causes, and not just the symptoms, of America’s problems. In order to do so, we need to address where we, as a nation, have deviated from our democratic and universal human values regarding race relations.

In order to heal a human life, we must do more than address external issues. Healing also comes from within. So it is with a country. When we are out of alignment collectively, we must re-align, collectively. That, to me, is a president’s job. In the words of President Franklin Roosevelt, “The presidency is not merely an administrative office. That's the least of it. It is more than an engineering job, efficient or inefficient. It is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership."

America’s fundamental race problem is a moral issue.
The practice of slavery began in this country in the 1600’s, and by the end of the Civil War in 1864, there are believed to have been almost 4 million slaves in America. While it’s important that we not in any way minimize the extraordinary efforts made by those before us, it is our generation’s turn to continue the process of total reconciliation with this evil in America’s past.

Yes, we ended slavery. Yes, we passed Civil Rights legislation – including the Voting Rights Act – in the 1960’s. But no, we have not yet fully done all that it is morally incumbent upon us to do in order to heal this ugly wound. The forty acres and a mule promised to every former slave after the Civil War was not a joke; it was a means by which a formerly enslaved population would have had a chance to integrate economically into life as a freed citizen. While a few were, in fact, given their acreage, the vast majority were not – and most who received them would see the land given back to previous owners over time.

After the Civil War, Black Code Laws were passed in the South to ensure that black Americans (former slaves) would not be able to live economically or socially on par with white Americans (their former masters). Lynching became prevalent by the end of the 1800’s. Jim Crow Laws guaranteed the disenfranchisement of black Americans from voting. White supremacy and segregation were dominant in the American South.

None of this was fundamentally addressed until the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. Finally, serious efforts were made to dismantle the horrors of institutionalized white supremacy.

While some Americans like to believe that our problems ended there, they did not. Over two centuries of slavery – forced, unpaid labor that in essence built the economy of the American South – means that someone owes someone something.

ADVANCING RACIAL RECONCILIATION TODAY
In many ways, America has continued the process of racial reconciliation begun in the 1960’s. Yet in other ways, we have actually slipped backward. Yes, there are no more colored bathrooms and separate drinking fountains. But we now have mass incarceration; racial disparity in criminal sentencing; lost voting rights; outright voter suppression; and police brutality often focused on black populations.

Tepid solutions are not enough for the times in which we live; we need huge, strategized acts of righteousness, now. Just as Germany has paid $89 Billion in reparations to Jewish organizations since WW2, the United States should pay reparations for slavery. A debt unpaid is still a debt unpaid, even if it’s 150 years later. The legacy of that injustice lives on, with racist policies infused into our systems even to this day. From employment and housing discrimination, to equal access to quality education in underserved communities, to police brutality/prejudice, to lack of fair lending practices, to lack of access to quality healthcare, to insecure voting rights, America has not yet completed the task of healing our racial divide.

For that reason, I propose a $200 billion - $500 billion plan of reparations for slavery, the money to be disbursed over a period of twenty years. An esteemed council of African-American leaders would determine the educational and economic projects to which the money would be given.

As president, I would propose more than a deeper understanding between the races, though we certainly need that, and I believe I could be helpful in making that happen. Racism is an American character defect, for which we must atone, make amends, and be willing to change. I would propose this historic step forward in America’s history, in what I believe would be a deep and abiding gift to future generations of Americans both black and white.


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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 08:56 AM

5. Things deplorables will crawl through broken glass to vote against

 

A gay couple in the White House, and free money for black people


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Response to dalton99a (Reply #5)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:06 AM

8. Yes. I say we run RuPaul just to make heads explode.

 

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