Rev. Jesse Jackson Criticizes Kamala Harris On Reparations, Wants Details
Sen. Kamala Harris, a frontrunner in the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, has said she believes in reparations for slavery.
She is proposing The LIFT Act, a tax credit plan and cash income program that will provide up to $500 per month for qualifying working families and single people.
The problem with the LIFT Act (Livable Incomes for Families Today) is it’s not reparations, critics say.
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With LIFT, “Everybody gets lifted,” Harris said during an interview with The Grio. “You lift up the economic status of that family, that neighborhood, that community and society as a whole.”
The Grio interviewed Harris at Power Rising 2019 in New Orleans. Asked if she had a race-based policy beyond the LIFT Act, Harris said “no.”
Harris has been criticized because in her plan, all families will benefit, not only Black families or descendants of slavery. The Grio aired a clip of the interview.
“The backlash from the clip was instant and most pronounced from self-described members of ADOS (American Descendants of Slavery), a growing movement of Black Americans who advocate for a separate policy agenda and reparations for descendants of slavery in the U.S.,” The Grio reported.
The LIFT Act will directly benefit Black children, Black families, Black homeowners, Harris said. “I’m not gonna sit here and say I’m gonna do something that’s only gonna benefit Black people. No.
Astead W. Herndon, a national politics reporter at The New York Times, tweeted that he got a call from Rev. Jesse Jackson, who wanted to share thoughts on the reparations conversation happening among 2020 Dems.
“By invoking (the) LIFT Act, Kamala Harris discussion of reparations ‘has no depth of analysis to it,'” Jackson said, according to Herndon’s tweet.