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White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond says the Biden administration will "start acting now" to deliver reparations for African Americans in the form of government-funded college tuition and other measures, adding that there is no need to wait for Congress to study the prospect of direct payments to Americans based on race.
Last month, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing on H.R. 40 — a bill sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and co-sponsored by 161 other Democrats — that would set up a federal commission to explore reparations for black Americans, The Hill reported.
Richmond, a Democratic former congressman from Louisiana, told "Axios on HBO" that he believes legislation to create such a commission will pass, but, "We don't want to wait on a study. We're going to start acting now."
"We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African Americans," Richmond told the outlet, reiterating, "We have to do stuff now."
He added, "If you start talking about free college tuition to [historically black colleges and universities] and you start talking about free community college in Title I and all of those things, I think you are well on your way."
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