Klobuchar on reparations debate: 'Have to invest' in communities hurt by racism

Klobuchar on reparations debate: 'Have to invest' in communities hurt by racism
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal Google sparks new privacy fears over health care data MORE (D-Minn.) said Sunday that she supports investing in "those communities that have been so hurt by racism" when asked where she stands on reparations.

Klobuchar, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, added, however, that "it doesn’t have to be a direct pay for each person."

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"But what we can do is invest in those communities. Acknowledge what’s happened. ... Making sure we have that shared dream of opportunity for all Americans," she said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Klobuchar became the latest candidate to comment on the idea of reparations, which has become a growing debate in the Democratic presidential primary campaign. 

Multiple other candidates have voiced firmer support for reparations for black Americans affected by slavery, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE (D-Mass.) as well as former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

The most fervent supporter of reparations has been self-help author Marianne Williamson, who has said she would like to set aside up to $500 billion for reparations if elected president. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE (I-Vt.), meanwhile, has said he doesn't support reparations but, like Klobuchar, has said he supports investing in distressed communities.