Tom Steyer said Friday he supports reparations for African Americans and that racism is an ongoing problem in the United States.
“Something wrong happened,” Steyer said. “I am for reparations to African Americans in this country, and anyone who thinks that racism is a thing of the past and not an ongoing problem is not dealing with reality.”
Steyer added: “In fact, three days ago, one of the leaders of Joe Biden’s South Carolina campaign made racist remarks about someone associated with our campaign, and the Legislative Black Caucus and went out en masse to stand up for that man and for our campaign.”
“Joe, I’m asking you to come with me and the Legislative Black Caucus and disavow (state Sen.) Dick Harpootlian and what he had to say. It was wrong,” Steyer said, turning to the former vice president.
Biden responded: “I’m asking you to join me and join in the support I have from the overwhelming number of the members of that Black Caucus."
"I have more support in South Carolina, the Black Caucus and the black community than anybody else. Double what you have and anybody else," Biden said.