Obama calls for reparations for black Americans 'wealth of this country was built on backs of Blacks
Updated: Mar 28
Reparations are payments made and programs created to help the descendants of slavery.
During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama appeared to oppose reparations.
Former President Barack Obama claimed reparations for black Americans are 'justified' but explained in his podcast with Bruce Springsteen that it was a 'nonstarter' during his presidency because of 'white resistance'.
In the second episode, released on Monday, Obama and Springsteen spoke about race relations in the United States.
'If you ask me theoretically "Are reparations justified?' the answer is yes,' Obama responded.
'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,' Obama said. 'So if you’re thinking of what’s just, you would look back and you would say the descendents of those who suffered those kinds of terrible cruel often arbitrary injustices deserve some sort of regress, some sort of compensation. A recognition.'
[Read the entire story in the Daily Mail]