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100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans

100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans


82. Barack Obama ‘did not even want to be in the same sentence, in the same room with reparations’

Economist Julianne Malveaux recalls interviewing Barack Obama in 2004 when he was still State Sen. Obama. An author, social and political commentator, and businesswoman, Malveaux served for five years as the 15th president of Bennett College for Women.

Malveaux described her Obama interview to economist Boyce Watkins during an interview on the Black Financial Channel. “I was wearing my journalist’s hat,” Malveaux said. “(Obama) was a hot ticket. I’ll never forget it. When I asked about reparations he totally went off. He jumped off the chair. He said, ‘Turn off the microphone, we’re not recording this’. He did not even want to be in the same sentence, in the same room with reparations. Nope to the nope to the nope. Next thing the handler is gathering up their stuff and I’m like, ‘Dude can we at least close the interview up so I can say bye?’ So we did.”


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