The White House offered a qualified endorsement of reparations for black Americans and a study into whether they should be compensated for over 200 years of slavery on United States soil.
President Joe Biden backs “a number of components” of Democratic-written H.R. 40, including the House bill’s funding of a proposed reparations commission, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
Biden believes the study is “the next important step forward and something that he feels would be absolutely correct in addressing this moment in history,” Psaki told reporters. “I don’t have more of an assessment of the legislation.”
Biden inadvertently reinvigorated the reparations debate this week with his trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he marked the centennial anniversary of the city’s “Black Wall Street” race massacre. The president announced a package of measures designed to close the racial wealth gap but did not