Marian Williamson, author and self-help guru seeking a Democratic nomination for president, drew tremendous attention during the first two debates about his unconventional answers.
Mrs. Williamson, a political novice whose only previous campaign experience was the unsuccessful contest for Congress in 2014, often speaks with high spiritual aphorisms that can sometimes diverge from many topics. It offers unconventional platform positions such as the creation of a Department of Peace as part of a plan to reduce violent conflict worldwide.
But when she answered the question of reparations, a question that is rarely discussed with any specificity, Ms. Williamson offered a frank, pricing answer.
"Well, first of all, it's not $ 500 billion in financial assistance, it's $ 200 to $ 500 billion in debt that is owed. Here are the repairs. We need a deep revelation of the truth when it comes to, we do not need another committee to look at the evidence. I appreciate what Congressman O & # 39; rourke said. It is simply time to realize that this country will not get better. All that is a country is a sum of people. People heal when there is some deep telling of the truth. We have to admit that when it comes to the economic gap between black and whites in America, it comes from a great injustice that has never been eliminated. This great injustice is related to the fact that there have been 250 years of slavery, followed by another hundred years of domestic terrorism. "
Although some presidential candidates accepted the idea of reparations, Ms. Williamson's response stood out in the debate.
Critics rejected the idea of reparations on the grounds that it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to go through Congress – and also potentially split. But Ms. Williamson often mentions her specific reparation plan, though her campaign has not yet indicated how they will pay for the reparation program.
When asked how she calculates her price from $ 200 to $ 500 billion, Ms. Williamson went on:
"If you did the math of 40 acres and a mule, bearing in mind that at the end of the Civil War there were 4 to 5 million slaves, and they were probably 40 acres and a mule for every family of four, if you did the math today it would be trillions of dollars. And I believe that less than $ 100 billion is an insult, and $ 200- $ 500 billion is politically feasible today, because so many Americans are aware that there is injustice that continues to form toxicity below the surface, emotional turbulence that only repairs will heal. "
Earlier, in a discussion about the race in America centered on the Flint water crisis in Michigan, Mrs. Williamson gave an answer that showed her unconventional and this time a little more crooked, stylish, directed at President Trump and his recent attacks against color politicians.
"My answer is that Flint is the tip of the iceberg. I was in Denmark, South Carolina, where it is widely said that the next Flint. We have communities all over the country, especially communities with colored communities and in burrows
"I can assure you – I lived in Grosse Pointe, what happened in Flint would not happen in Grosse Pointe. This is part of the grim impulse of American society. Racism, bigotry and the whole conversation we have here tonight, if you think any of this disgrace will deal with this dark psychic power of collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I & # 39; I'm afraid the Democrats will see many dark days.
"We have to say it as it is – it's bigger than Flint. It's all over the country. Especially people are in color. Especially people who don't have the money to fight back, and if the Democrats don't start saying why these people would feel they were there for us, and if those people don't feel it, they won't do it, vote for us and Donald Trump will won. ”