White House Press secretary signaled that the administration was open to considering race reparations. Jen Psaki said: “comprehensive action to address the systemic racism that persists today.”
Psaki said the following when pressed by a reporter on the Issue: “Does the President support the legislation?” the reporter asked. “He stopped short of saying that during the campaign. Would he sign that if it came to his desk?”
“Well, he’s supported a study of reparations, which is I believe is what’s being discussed, and studying the continuing impacts of slavery, which is being discussed in this hearing on H.R. 40, I believe it is,” Psaki responded. “And he continues to demonstrate his commitment to take comprehensive action to address the systemic racism that persists today. Obviously, that is — having that study is a part of that, but he has signed an executive order on his first day, which would begin to deliver on his commitment to having an across-government approach to addressing racial inequality and making sure equity is a part of his entire policy agenda.” Daily Wire reported.
“Why not, on this issue, create a commission and — by executive order?” the reporter asked.
“He actually signed a number of actions on racial equity in — on his first day or his first
couple of days in office because he felt it was essential to send the message to the American people and the world that having an across-government approach, ensuring that equity is a central part of his policy agenda was, you know, not just a single — a singular issue but something that would be a part of every policy issue he approaches, whether it’s healthcare, whether it’s economic inequality, a range of issues,” Psaki responded. “That’s his approach and how he’s trying to, you know, change — address the root causes of racism in our country today.”
This is a flip flop on what Biden said earlier in his career: “I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.”
“I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race.’ I don’t buy that,” Biden said in the mid-’70s when he was a freshman senator. “I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation. And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.” Daily Wire reported.