Before dropping out of the 2020 race for president, one of the last things former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick did as a candidate was to support developing a plan for the federal government to provide reparations to living descendants of slaves. He discussed his economic platform for Black Americans.
“As a first step toward reparations, Patrick supports HR 40, the House bill to form a commission to study the issue. But aides said he’s prepared to go beyond supporting a commission and offer explicit support for federal reparations,” Axios reported.
His plan called for investing more in HBCUs and public schools and providing universal pre-K. He promised to stimulate economic growth for Black communities including creating business incubators in minority communities, investing in workforce training programs, and targeting historically underserved communities.
His plan addressed hate crimes, gun violence, and mass incarceration, restoring trust between Black communities and law enforcement,; and combating voter suppression, including restoring voting rights for parolees.
“Many Americans do not understand the history of official government policy that produced the consequences that continue to challenge Black Americans and Black communities,” Patrick said. “Understanding and, in some ways, atoning for that history is an essential part of America’s unfinished business. This is a conversation that we still need to have. A commission may help facilitate it. But the president needs to engage it.”
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