Tom Steyer said Monday that he would start a “formal commission on race the first day of my presidency” and would support direct payments to descendants of slaves if that commission recommended the policy.
“I’m the person running who's for reparations for slavery because I believe that we need to tell the true story of the last 400-plus years of the African-American experience in the United States,” Steyer said.
He added that his commission would be “solutions-oriented” but would also aim to “tell the story of systematic, legal discrimination, injustice and cruelty for over 400 years.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo followed up, “If the commission suggested direct cash payments to the descendants of slaves, do you support the recommendation of the commission?”
“Yes,” Steyer said.
“If we want to figure out how to repair the wrong together, we have to go back and tell the story of what's happened so that we understand how we got here so together we come up with the right solution.”
Steyer has made courting black voters central to his presidential campaign, especially in South Carolina, the state where he is staking his campaign.
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