House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said that he takes issue with using reparations to lessen racial inequality, as 2020 candidates have come out in favor of the idea, The Post and Courier reported Tuesday.
Clyburn, the highest ranking African-American congressman, told the newspaper he thinks "pure reparations would be impossible to implement.”
He also said he was opposed to "opportunity zones," an idea promoted by Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDems erupt over GOP 'McCarthyism' as senators vet Biden bank watchdog pick Why Democrats' prescription drug pricing provision would have hurt seniors Telehealth was a godsend during the pandemic; Congress should keep the innovation going MORE (R-S.C.). He told the Post and Courier that this concept, giving tax incentives to developers who work in low-income neighborhoods, "smoke and mirrors.”
The Hill has reached out to Clyburn's office for comment.
Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisEmhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony GOP becoming a cult of know-nothings Stowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenRestless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick MORE (D-Mass.), as well as former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro said they support giving reparations to black Americans who were affected by slavery. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (I-Vt.), who is also running for the Democratic nomination, said he opposes the idea.
The support for reparations among major candidates indicates a leftward shift since 2016. In that election, nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE did not express support for reparations. Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah The massive messaging miscues of all the president's men (and women) 'Car guy' Biden puts his spin on the presidency MORE also did not promote the idea.
Black voters are expected to be a key demographic in the Democratic primary and the crowded field of candidates are likely to fight hard to win black votes.
Sanders and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE, who has not announced a 2020 bid, appear to be leading the field in recent polls. Harris placed third in a poll released Tuesday.
House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNews media's sausage-making obsession helps no one Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE said on Wednesday that she supports studying the issue of reparations for slavery.