Booker slams conversation about reparations: More than 'just a box to check' on a presidential list

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerCNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee Barnes rakes in almost 0K after Johnson enters Wisconsin Senate race Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (D-N.J.) slammed the conversation surrounding reparations in the 2020 presidential election, saying that supporting reparations is more than "just a box to check" on a presidential list.

"Can I tell you why I’m frustrated and disappointed by this reparations conversation? It's being reduced to a box to check on a presidential list, when this is so much more of a serious conversation," Booker, a 2020 presidential candidate, said during a CNN town hall in Orangeburg, S.C.

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"So do I support legislation that is race conscious about balancing the economic scales? Not only do I support it, but I have legislation that actually does it," he said before explaining his legislation.

Booker declined to state outright support for reparations.

Booker, who is black, went on to explain the ways in which "blacks were systematically excluded" from policies.

"So what I'm saying to you, and my frustration is we don't have a way of addressing head-on in this country the persistence of racism, the persistence of white supremacy and implicit racial bias," he said.

Booker's fellow presidential hopefuls Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSecond gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House Harris takes fresh start to 2022 We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Fed's Brainard faces GOP pressure on climate stances MORE (D-Mass.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) have all said they support reparations to compensate African-Americans for slavery.