Cedric Richmond a senior white house adviser speaking on Axios on HBO, says, “We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held African Americans.” The issue of reparations to African Americans has been a controversial one for decades.
A senior white house adviser, Cedric Richmond, recently announced that the White House would be taking steps to help minority communities in the country. Congress is currently debating a bill to form a commission that will study how a policy to address reparations to African Americans can be implemented.
The administration welcomes such legislation and may even support the study. However, the administration is not waiting for Congress to pass the bill.
Speaking to journalist Mike Allen on Axios on HBO, Cedric Richmond said, “We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held African Americans”. The former Louisiana congressman continued, “We have to do things now to improve the plights, status, and future empowerment of Black people all around the country.”
The issue of reparations to African Americans has been a controversial one for decades. In 1989, Michigan Congressman John Conyers raised a bill to form a commission. The bill did not receive much support at the time. However, H.R. 40 Bill now has the backing of President Biden and many Democratic lawmakers.
In his short time in office, the president has shown his commitment to improving Black and minority communities. Not long ago, he signed an executive order aimed at “breaking down barriers in housing, making sure that African Americans can pass down wealth through homeownership, that their homes are not valued less than homes in different communities just because of the neighborhood it’s in.”
Reparations are expected to be in the form of direct cash assistance. However, the administration is also looking at other ways to lift Black communities.
Ali Bouldin is a freelance writer within the Black and Hip-Hop culture. With featured articles in multiple publications.