By Teddy Grant, ebony.com
New York Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon is facing controversy after saying that a legalized pot industry in the state could serve as a form of reparations in the Black community.
Nixon was at the NYC Cannabis Parade on Saturday when she made the comments, according to Forbes.
“Now that cannabis is exploding as an industry, we have to make sure that those communities that have been harmed and devastated by marijuana arrests get the first shot at this industry,” she said. “We [must] prioritize them in terms of licenses. It’s a form of reparations.”
Local New York City politicians called out Nixon for her remarks for being “ill-informed” and lacking “understanding of the greatest crime in history,” said Keith Write, chairman of Manhattan’s Democratic Party.