Rep. Jamal Bowman (D.N.Y.) argued in an interview on MSNBC that young people are lukewarm about President Biden’s reelection efforts because he hasn’t discussed reparations.
Asked whether Biden, who faces lagging poll numbers, could win over younger voters, Bowman said voters were “loving him on a lot of things, including his handling of climate issues.” He said it would be “difficult” because he was “upset by the situation.”
“So I think all of these things are alienating young people. When it comes to the Latino community, people of color have been marginalized for a while because there hasn’t been comprehensive immigration reform and there hasn’t been a conversation. “If you’re talking about the black community, it has nothing to do with reparations,” he said.
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“But we spend hundreds of billions of dollars every year on weapons of war, and we can’t even talk about reparations? That’s what’s happening now,” Bowman said.
More local governments across the country are considering various forms of reparations, including cash payments, to black Americans to atone for slavery and racial discrimination. Bowman’s colleague, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Missouri), introduced the proposal in May. pay $14 trillion Although the measures were ineffective on arrival, compensation was paid. Reparations remain highly controversial, with promoters saying they are long overdue and critics saying they will only further divide the country.
Bowman praised Biden on some fronts, but said he has disappointed young Americans when it comes to the Israel-Hamas war.
“He does some good things, then they come in, and then he does something else that pushes them out. The response to the Israel-Gaza conflict is again one-sided, so it’s important to support young people and BIPOC communities. We’ve really moved away.” Same goes for away games,” Bowman added.
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The lawmaker also spoke about the possibility of a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. “Young people want peace, they want justice, they want a diplomatic response to what’s going on.”
“They want us to spend more money on education, jobs, climate change, keeping people out of prison and health care than we do on wars,” he continued. “And this president has not shown the ability to do that at this point. And the party and Congress, not just the party, but Congress as a whole, has not shown the ability to do that.”
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