Dem. Presidential Candidate Calls for $100B in Slavery Reparations

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Marianne Williamson, author and 2020 candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, at Prairie Lights on Feb. 2, 2019. — Jason Smith/Little Village

“We need a moral and spiritual awakening in the country.”

By Christina Santi, Ebony

Marianne Williamson, a best-selling author. spiritual teacher and activist, announced her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Monday. On Thursday, she sat down on CNN’s New Day, where she said the United States needs to pay African-Americans reparations for slavery.

“We need a moral and spiritual awakening in the country,” the candidate stated. “Nothing short of that is adequate to really fundamentally change the patterns of our political dysfunction.”

Her platform includes proposal for free public college, universal health care, Medicare for all, a green new deal and $10 billion per year for slavery reparations to be paid over the course of a decade.

“I believe $100 billion given to a council to apply this money to economic projects and educational projects of renewal for that population is simply a debt to be paid,” Williamson said.

Watch the full interview below to hear what she believes to be the “deeper truths” about what has failed the American people.

(To skip to to where Marianne Williams speaks on reparations, skip to 5 minutes and 9 seconds.)

This article originally appeared in Ebony.

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