Sanders on reparations: There are better ways than 'just writing a check'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) raised questions about the issue of reparations Friday during an appearance on “The View.”

His comments come as the issue of reparations for descendants of slavery has become a topic of debate among his fellow 2020 Democratic primary candidates, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.).

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Neither candidate has offered a specific plan to address the issue.

“What does that mean?” Sanders asked, when when pressed by ABC’s Sunny Hostin on whether he would support some form of reparation plan.


“Money,” she answered.

“I think that right now, our job is to address the crises facing the American people and our communities, and I think there are better ways to do that than just writing out a check,” Sanders responded.

Sanders also said during the interview that addressing the needs of “distressed communities” of all races would be a top priority under his presidency.

“I think what we have got to do is pay attention to distressed communities: black communities, Latino communities and white communities, and as president, I pledge to do that,” Sanders said in the interview.

The senator, who announced his presidential bid earlier this month, has faced criticism in the past that his 2016 campaign team was not diverse enough.

His 2020 campaign co-chairs include Nina Turner, the head of his Our Revolution organization. The senator has also tapped Faiz Shakir, a progressive activist and a Muslim, to manage his campaign in what is believed to be the first instance of a Muslim American running a major presidential campaign.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) affirmed her support this week for a bill by Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeMore than 6000 attend George Floyd’s Houston viewing Exclusive investigation on the coronavirus pandemic: Where was Congress? Democrats seek to tap into fury over George Floyd MORE (D-Texas) that would establish a commission to study the issue of granting reparations to African-Americans.

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