Several of the Democratic candidates for president are backing the idea of paying out “reparations” to African-Americans to make up for the slavery inflicted on their ancestors. Kamala Harris has a concrete way to make a “down payment” on that. She wants to make $100 billion dollars of taxpayer money available to “help black people buy homes.”
It’s time for the nation to “deal with the racial wealth gap,” by throwing money at it. The way it is supposed to work, the senator’s plan would “provide down payment and closing cost assistance of up to $25,000.”
On Saturday, Harris told the crowd at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, “A typical black family has just $10 of wealth for every $100 held by a white family. So we must right that wrong and, after generations of discrimination, give black families a real shot at homeownership — historically one of the most powerful drivers of wealth in our country.”
Along with that, the California senator promised to beef up HUD’s fair housing program and to strong arm Congress into fixing the Fair Credit Reporting Act. She says right now it’s not so fair because it doesn’t take into account things like rent, phone and utility payments.
Kamala Harris should be quite an expert on the subject. Her family owned slaves in Jamaica. When a controversy came up that Harris isn’t black enough because she’s not an African-American, she pointed to her Jamaican heritage. It wasn’t long before someone came across the genealogy article her very own father posted in the local newspaper.
“My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town)”
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By studying his family history, he got well acquainted with the politics of the sugar industry.
“I came then to understand its origin as a system of global production and commerce, based on slave labor, with Jamaica as a key component of that system from its very start.”