Barack Obama Calls for Reparations for Black Americans | 22 Words

Barack Obama has called for reparations for Black Americans in his most recent podcast episode...

Because the former POTUS has always made his views on racism very known.

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And he quickly became one of our country's most popular presidents due to his progressive views and ideologies.

Even though Obama hasn't been in power since 2016...

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He continues to campaign for causes close to his heart - one of which is justice and equality for the Black community.

And now...

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Obama has called for reparations for Black people in America.

Here's the full story...

Now, as you will all know, Obama was one of our country's most beloved presidents.

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The forty-fourth president of the United States, Obama smashed barriers by becoming the first-ever African-American leader.

He served 2 terms as president...

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The Illinois Democrat had started his career in politics as a senate who focused on the legislation on ethics, as well as the expansion of health care services and early childhood education programs for the poor.

And he carried these values throughout his presidency...

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Obama cut taxes for working families, small businesses, and first-time home buyers, and he stuck to his promise of tackling financial reform, alternative energy, and reinventing education and health care.

Obama became the president of the people...

And gained a strong and loyal fan base as a result of his progressive views on social issues, such as same-sex marriage and gun control.

Oh, and not to mention his beautiful family who immediately became national treasures!

So, quite understandably...

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Obama fans far and wide were devastated when he was eventually replaced with Republican Donald Trump in 2017.

But, despite his presidency ending over 4 years ago...

Obama has remained very much in the public eye and has continued to travel the world and deliver speeches on the causes that are most important to him.

He was very present throughout the 2020 election campaigns...

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Where he attended many public events to endorse his former running-mate, long-term friend, and now president, Joe Biden.

And he's even recently released a new book!

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A Promised Land hit shelves on November 18th last year and it was a huge success globally.

The book, which is the first in a series of political memoirs, charts Obama's path to the White House up to 2011, and documents the lead up to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

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In it, the fifty-nine-year-old also reflects on his legacy as well as the space between his presidential ambitions and the political reality of a Republican-controlled House and Senate that hampered him.

And on top of all that...

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The former POTUS now has his very own Spotify podcast series!

Obama and rock legend Bruce Springsteen - a very close friend - share a podcast together titled Renegades: Born In The U.S.A...

The 8-episode podcast features a deep and revealing conversation between the 2 friends, exploring a wide array of topics including race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of America.

And in the most recent episode of the podcast, that aired earlier this week, Obama and Springsteen discussed the issue of reparations of Black Americans.

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During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama appeared to oppose reparations - and argued that "the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed."

Springsteen asked Obama how he can hold that the same country that sent a man to the moon is the same country of Jim Crow laws...

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Which were state and local statutes that legalized racial segregation and marginalized Black Americans.

"We never went through a true reckoning and so we just buried one huge part of our experience and our citizenry in our minds," Obama responded.

Springsteen noted that "it feels like a reckoning is being called for" before asking Obama if the country is prepared to consider reparations...

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Which are payments made and programs created to help the descendants of slavery.

"If you ask me theoretically "Are reparations justified?' the answer is yes," Obama responded.

He went on:

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"There's not much question that the wealth of this country, the power of this country was built in significant part, not exclusively, maybe not even the majority of it, but a large portion of it was built on the backs of slaves. It resulted in black families not able to build up wealth, not being able to compete, and that has generational effects."

Springsteen then asked how a president can push for something "so justified."

​"This brings us to, could you actually get that kind of justice? Could you get a country to agree and own that history? And my judgment was that as a practical matter that was unattainable," Obama said.

"We can't even get this country to provide decent schooling for inner-city kids."

Obama then said that a reparations proposal would have been met with "the politics of white resistance" and "white resentment" during his presidency.

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"The talk of welfare queens and the talk of the undeserving poor and the backlash against affirmative action, all that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent meaningful reparations program struck me as politically, not only a nonstarter but potentially counterproductive."

But the former president noted on the podcast that he understands why "white folks" might oppose the practice of reparations.

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"It's perfectly understandable why working-class white folks, middle-class white folks, folks who are having trouble paying the bills or dealing with student loans, or don't have healthcare where they feel the government has let them down wouldn't be too thrilled with a massive program that is meant to deal with the past but isn't speaking to their future."​

You can listen to the first few episodes of the podcast here.

And for more on Obama, read on...