Julian Castro Hits Bernie Sanders on Reparations: "Why Wouldn't You Compensate People Who Actually Were Property?"


Sunday morning on CNN's "State Of The Union," Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro drew a contrast with rival candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on the issue of reparations for descendants of slaves. Castro asked why Sanders is willing to pay for free college and healthcare but not "compensate people who actually were property."

Castro brought up comments from Sanders' appearance earlier this week on "The View," where he said that there are "better ways" than "just writing a check" to support slave descendants.

"He didn't think the best way to address this was for the United States to 'write a check.' To my mind, that may or may not be the best way to address it," Castro said. "However, it’s interesting to me that when it comes to Medicare for all, health care, you know, the response there has been we need to write a big check, that when it comes to tuition-free or debt-free college, the answer has been we need to write a big check."

"So if the issue is compensating descendants of slaves, I don’t think the argument about writing a big check ought to be the argument you make if you’re making the argument that a big check needs to be written for a whole bunch of other stuff," Castro continued. "If, under the Constitution, we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn’t you compensate people who actually were property."

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