Democratic presidential contenders, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., are backing reparations for black Americans affected by slavery and Jim Crow laws, The New York Times reported.
The Times noted the support by the pair, as well as that of rising-star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., signals the party's attention to race.
"We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences, including undermining the ability of black families to build wealth in America for generations," Warren told the Times in remarks posted Thursday.
"We need systemic, structural changes to address that."
In a radio interview on the syndicated "The Breakfast Club," last week, Harris also voiced support for reparations.
"So, you've got to recognize back to that earlier point people aren't starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed, and so we've got to recognize that and give people a lift up, and there are a number of ways to do it," she said.
Asked by host Charlamagne Tha God "You are for some type of reparations?," Harris replied: "Yes, I am."
Recently announced 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was opposed in 2016, and former President Barack Obama called the idea impractical in 2016, the Times noted.
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