NAACP Crowd Applauds As Bernie Sanders Explains Why He’s Against Reparations For Slavery

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a candidates forum at the 110th NAACP National Convention, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

It’s no secret that presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is against reparations for descendants of slaves. When he explained the reason why, he received applause from the crowd at a recent NAACP convention, reported the Washington Examiner.

While answering a question asked by journalist April Ryan, Sanders said he felt there was a better way to deal with the trauma caused by slavery.

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“Here’s my fear about reparations, and I understand the issue, and I’m on board the legislation that will study the issue … Here’s my fear: The Congress gives the African American community a $20,000 check, and says, ‘Thank you, that took care of slavery, we don’t have to worry about anything more.’ I think that’s wrong, I want to build, rebuild the distressed communities in America,” Sanders told Ryan.

Ryan thanked Sanders for his explanation and the crowd erupted in applause. Sanders added that he does support Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s H.R. 40 Bill to study reparations.