Marianne Williamson on Civil Rights
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
WILLIAMSON: It's not $500 billion in financial assistance. It's $500 billion payment of a debt that is owed. That is what reparations is. We need to recognize that when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice: 250 years of slavery followed by another hundred years of domestic terrorism.
Q: What makes you qualified to determine the figure $500 billion?
WILLIAMSON: There were 4 million slaves at the end of the Civil War, and they were all promised 40 acres and a mule for every family of four. If you did the math today, it would be trillions of dollars. Anything less than $100 billion is an insult. I believe that $200 billion to $500 billion is politically feasible today, because so many Americans realize there is an injustice that only reparations will heal
This is not only unacceptable; this is in direct violation of our founding principles.
Generation after generation, people have fought to rid our country of the "except for's." "Except for blacks," "except for women," and so forth. Today, we are challenged by the ongoing prejudice that seeks to repudiate the fundamental American dedication to freedom and equality for all. "Except for them" is a stain on our national character.
For that reason, I propose a $200 billion-$500 billion plan of reparations for slavery, the money to be disbursed over a period of 20 years. An esteemed council of African-American leaders would determine the educational and economic projects to which the money would be given.
Racism is an American character defect, for which we must atone, make amends, and be willing to change.
Martin Luther King Jr., used to say that he was not going to Washington to ASK for rights for black Americans, but to demand the rights they had been given already.
The political question, for instance, should not be, "What do you think of LGBTQ people?" but rather, "Do we or do we not remain committed to the principle of equality for all, and how does that principle apply to the quest for LGBTQ rights?" Whether someone in America LIKES someone else in America is irrelevant to what both of their rights should be before the law. The only way we can be vigilant on behalf of our children's freedom is if we are vigilant on behalf of EVERYONE'S freedom.
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