Marianne Williamson, Democratic candidate for President, released her first television commercial. It began airing on Wednesday, October 30th. The 60-second commercial entitled Reparations – An Idea Whose Time Has Come centers on the issue of reparations for American descendants of slaves.
The commercial is debuting in South Carolina. Below is a link to the video.
Her plan is here: The Reparations Plan.
Williamson has advocated for reparations for slavery since the 1990’s and was the first candidate in this presidential primary season to make it a pillar of her campaign. Williamson has proposed a “Reparations Commission” to guide the way, dispersing $200-500 billion over ten years to promote education, infrastructure, and projects dedicated to African American communities.
The text of the ad is below:
Reparations – An Idea Whose Time Has Come
One of the bigger issues that has really resonated with many people from the debates is the issue in and around reparations.
This has been one of your core issues. Why?
I’ve been talking about this since my book came out in 1997. The first enslaved persons are brought over in 1619, slavery not abolished until 1865. That’s 250 years, followed by another hundred years of institutionalized violence against black people.
That’s 350 years of institutionalized violence. That’s longer than this country has been in existence.
Paying reparations for slavery will not fix everything. But America will not have the future that we want if we’re not willing to clean up the past, To clean up this original character defect of racism. Whatever it costs, it’s time to do this.
I’m Marianne Williamson, and I approve this message.
About Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson is a best-selling author, activist and non-denominational faith leader. For 35 years, Williamson has been a leading progressive voice on spirituality and its intersection with politics. She is the author of 14 books (4 #1 NYT best-sellers) including Healing the Soul of America and her most recent, A Politics of Love: Handbook for a New American Revolution.
Williamson is the co-founder of several non-profit organizations including The Peace Alliance and Project Angel Food, a non-profit that has delivered more than 12 million meals to ill and dying homebound patients since 1989. The group was created to help people suffering from malnutrition and the many other ravages of HIV/AIDS. They have since expanded their service to any person battling a critical illness.