Williamson Proposes Giving $500B in Reparations for Slavery, Says the Deal ‘Will Cure’ Racial Pain in the US

Spiritual advisor turned presidential candidate Marianne Williamson called for Americans to invest between $200 and $500 billion in reparations for slavery in the United States.

During the second round of presidential debates Tuesday night on CNN, Williamson — who was a longtime spiritual advisor to Oprah Winfrey — laid out her vision and reasoning behind her support for racial reparations in the United States.

The debate on reparations has taken many forms. Some candidates, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), support the development of a federally-funded commission to study the financial implications of slavery on black Americans. Others, like Williamson, support cash payments to black Americans to address the financial fallout from slavery and the Jim Crow era.

While O’Rourke offered vague support for a reparations bill, Williamson had already done the math on exactly how much Americans should pay to “cure” the pain of slavery that exists today.

Watch Williamson’s proposal:

“It’s not $500 billion in financial assistance. It’s $500 billion — 200 to 500 billion dollars — payment of a debt that is owed. That is what reparations is. We need some deep truth-telling when it comes. We don’t need another commission to look at [the] evidence. I appreciate what Congressman O’Rourke has said. It is time for us to simply realize that this country will not heal. All that a country is a collection of people. People heal when there’s deep truth-telling. We need to recognize when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice that has never been dealt with. That great injustice has had to do with the fact that there was 250 years of slavery followed by another hundred years of domestic terrorism.”

Williamson noted that, at the close of the Civil War, many newly freed black Americans requested 40 acres and a mule be distributed to each former slave as a payment for the atrocities of slavery. She added that, in today’s dollars, that would be a total investment of more than $1 trillion to be paid to black Americans.

“If you did the math today, it would be trillions of dollars, and I believe that anything less than a hundred billion dollars is an insult and I believe the 200 to 500 billion is politically feasible today because so many Americans realize there is an injustice that continues to form a toxicity underneath the surface, an emotional turbulence that only reparations will heal.”

Her statements on reparations earned one of the loudest applause of the evening.

Additionally, Williamson’s comments on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, took Twitter by storm when she claimed that President Donald Trump was leading a “dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred” in the United States.

Watch Williamson’s comments:

All of Williamson’s remarks must have piqued the interest of the American people. She was the most-searched candidate on Google following the debate.

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Screwtape
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Otis and Phoenix,

Otis, I think you and Phoenix are missing the point that a large enough segment of Dims support and endorse her candidacy that she made the debates.

She is literally out there, on the stage and otherwise, but she just might be the “dark horse” voters are looking for. q.v. this guy named Trump who bested 16 rivals.

She received a lot of applause at the debates, some are arguing she won the 2nd round, and her message is different enough that she stands out.

If nothing else, she’s comic relief.

Noah_Vaile
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Noah_Vaile

How about giving racists the money to stop being racists?
We give the “poor people” money to get them out of poverty.
We give pre-failed businesses money to get them going before they go bankrupt.
We give unemployed people money so they will get a job.
Why not simply pay racists to stop being racist?

This idiot gets her life-philosophy and political policies off old Beatles records.
She must know what she’s talking about.

Otis
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Oprah’s guru should find herself a nice seat atop a mountain in the Himalayas and spout her inanity from there. I agree with Phoenix, she took up potentially valuable time.

Phoenix
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Phyllis – i was teasing on the Biden/Harris/Booker comment. I had to work so I didn’t watch the debates live, but that was all i saw in terms of coverage which annoyed me because those three are just obnoxious.

I’m a Klobuchar fan, but I’m from MN and I know she is well liked there – even in the areas that voted Trump 2016.

Phyllis Softa
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For many years I was impressed by Oprah—but being that she gave Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and Marianne Williamson a national profile, she dropped a few rungs on the most admired list. She did okay with Rachel Ray–Only one I could think of that doesn’t irritate more than entertain or educate.

Phoenix
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This woman is insane, not even remotely qualified, and did I mention she is insane? Why is she even allowed on that stage? She took up valuable Biden/Harris/Booker squabble time every time she spoke.

WayHungLow
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WayHungLow

The civil war ended around 150 years ago. Sounds like the idiot Democrats want to start another. Do they even realize how much $200-$500 billion dollars is? I don’t think so.

Screwtape
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Question for Ms. Williamson. If I BELIEVE I’m the reincarnated spirit of a slave do I get reparations? If Bernie, etc. is promising free college tuition AND loans forgiven, do those of us who finished college ALSO get reimbursed*? That would be OUR reparations**. Don’t OUR votes count as much as the losers, moochers and suck-ups you currently court? You’ll have pander, err, buy my vote too. Better yet, I’ll take an exemption from having to pay for your schemes. *with interest AND adjusted for inflation. **What about those who paid for vocational training? Union dues for apprenticeships, licensing fees,… Read more »

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