(BrightPress.org) – Independent presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. came out in favor of reparations for the black community, but not direct cash payments like they’re considering in California.
Kennedy said he supports using tax dollars to “rebuild black infrastructure,” including banks and small businesses. He also prefers tax credits to giving away cash across the board.
On his website, Kennedy’s campaign states he supports “specifically targeted repair” of communities that were negatively impacted by the effects of Jim Crow and other Civil Rights Era attacks on minority communities. His rationale is that these organizations and communities were destroyed using public institutions, and so they should be rebuilt by the same institutions.
He said victims of Jim Crow and other persecutions should be given tax credits or direct redress payments for specific crimes against them instead of blanket cash handouts.
Speaking with YouTuber Math Hoffa in July, Kennedy explained that these interventions would be less polarizing than other reparations policies as they would “benefit everybody.” He explained that having more vibrant small businesses in a community is beneficial to everyone and helps boost the local economy.
Kennedy will have to navigate the difficult process of getting on the ballot in all 50 states if he wants to have a serious chance at winning or even making a significant impact in the race. Thankfully, he’s got the war chest to make a serious effort. Kennedy’s name and popularity have contributed to him raising millions of dollars since announcing his bid.
His press secretary Stefanie Spear said he’ll “be on the ballot in all 50 states,” despite the difficulties of navigating each state’s unique requirements and legal challenges. In some states, candidates can be challenged and blocked from accessing the ballot simply by having a lawyer file paperwork. Without a contesting legal battle, the default judgment can block small candidates from getting on the ballot.
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