Julián Castro Criticizes Bernie Sanders for Opposing Slave Reparations
Castro's argument is that if Sanders is prepared to spend countless trillions on an unprecedented expansion of the welfare state, why not fork over substantial sums on monetary reparations, too?
The underlying insinuation that racism could be motivating Sanders, the most left-wing presidential candidate – but also a 77-year-old white man – shows how identity politics has consumed the Democratic Party. (Washington Examiner)
Castro’s support for reparations contrasts with Sanders, who said on “The View” in early March that he doubted the efficacy of giving money to African-American descendants of slavery. “Our job is to address the crisis facing the American people and our communities, and I think there are better ways to do that than just writing out a check,” Sanders said.
Despite his skepticism for monetary reparations, the senator said during a CNN town hall there are “massive disparities” that must be addressed. Sanders said he wants to target the issue on a more structural basis, advocating for legislation that would direct federal funds toward communities with high levels of poverty in order to end “institutional racism” in the U.S.
Castro affirmed in the interview Sunday that he supports some form of reparations and explained that if elected he would set up a task force to explore options on how to proceed.
“I've long believed that this country should address slavery, the original sin of slavery, including by looking at reparations. And if I'm president, then I'm going to appoint a commissioner task force to determine the best way to do that,” Castro said.
Perhaps Sanders recognizes the toxicity of a proposal like reparations. It would benefit a constituency that almost exclusively votes Democratic and threatens to alienate soft Republican voters in the suburbs enticed into voting for "moderate" Democrats in last year's midterms as a backlash to President Trump's petulant behavior.
Moreover, it's impossible to imagine Bernie making inroads with working-class white voters, whose Midwest and Appalachia communities remained racked by the opioid crisis and deindustrialization by lecturing them about their supposed "white privilege."
(Video H/T the Washington Free Beacon)