Tormenting Senator Elizabeth Warren seems kind of fun. She doesn’t seem to have the natural politician’s knack for avoiding saying something that will just cause more trouble for her later. From CNN:
By MJ Lee, CNN Political Correspondent
Updated 4:13 PM ET, Fri March 8, 2019
New York (CNN) … In an interview with CNN in Harlem — a neighborhood of Manhattan rich with African-American history — Warren was asked three times whether she supports money being given to Americans who can trace their roots to slavery. Reparations for slavery in America is often interpreted as financial compensation for descendants of slaves.
“I think it’s time for us to have the conversation. We need to address the fact that in this country, we built great fortunes and wealth on the backs of slaves and we need to address that head-on — we need to have that national conversation,” the Massachusetts Democrat told CNN. “There are scholars, there are activists who’ve talked about a lot of different ways we might structure reparations.”
Pressed a second time on whether she supports money being given to African-Americans, Warren said she was focused on sparking a national conversation about the issue.
“You know, there are people who don’t want to have this conversation at all,” she said. “I believe that’s what’s right is we to sit down, we need to talk about our history, we need to address it head-on, we need to talk about what the long-term implications of racial discrimination have been, including more recent racial discrimination.”
Asked one more time whether she supports financial payment, Warren responded: “I’m saying that there are a lot of scholars and a lot of activists who have put multiple proposals on the table. But we’re never going to get to any of those proposals if we don’t with an acknowledgment of the wrong of slavery and the obligation to address it.”
But CNN didn’t ask her if we shouldn’t also be having a conversation about reparations for American Indians and how much she ought to get.