US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts suggested Friday that Native Americans, not just African Americans, should be “part of the conversation” when it comes to the federal government providing reparations as a way to address ways minorities have been punished in American history.
Reparations, either through making simple financial payments or more broadly by addressing structural discrimination via health, education, and housing policies, have been a topic on the presidential campaign trail this week. Four candidates, including Warren, said they backed reparations of some kind to African Americans as a way of addressing slavery and the legacy of slavery centuries later.
After speaking at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s major fundraising gala in Manchester, Warren was asked by reporters to expand on her position on reparations.
“America has an ugly history of racism,” said Warren. “We need to confront it head on. And we need to talk about the right way to address it and make change.”
In a follow-up question, she was asked whether Native Americans should be included in the discussion of reparations.
“I think it is a part of the conversation, and I think it is an important part of the conversation,” said Warren.
Later, the senator expanded on her remarks in a written statement.
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SOURCE: Boston Globe, James Pindell