"Former Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said the President supports the study of reparations, but we've heard very little from the President himself." Dr. Jason Nichols, award-winning Senior Lecturer and prestigious Political Analyst, continues, "And it reflects a larger pattern of Biden talking a big game on equity without much by way of follow through with action.​​​​"

As the 2022 Midterms fast approaches, Nichols critiques the passivity Biden is promising around his stance on reparations which appeal to a large portion of his support base. Granted that President Biden's campaign leveraged and supported reparations and the success of his presidency was succeeded by voters who preserved little to no generational wealth based on centuries of enslavement, Nichols questions Biden's rhetoric on reparations and his inaction to support H.R. 40. H.R. 40 was a bill supported in his candidacy that would create a commission to study reparations.

Even if resolving systemic racism sits at the "heart of his work in this administration" as claimed by a government official, there has been little change in U.S. congressional action and more involvement from the state of California who just recently released a 500-page document supporting reparations, including free higher education for descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States and state-subsidized mortgage programs with low interest rates (Daniels, 2021). In the President's decision to support direct policy change or raise symbolic gestures, his actions are critical in his success at the 2022 Midterms coming up in early November.

See the article here: https://www.newsweek.com/california-calling-reparations-slavery-why-isnt-biden-…

See Daniels: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/02/biden-reparations-tulsa-491607

Jason Nichols

Dr. Jason Nichols is an award winning Senior Lecturer in the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland College Park and was the longtime editor-in-chief of Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture, the first peer-reviewed journal of Hip-hop Studies. His work has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Foxnews.com, NBCNews.com and The Hill, and he cohosts the "Vince and Jason Save the Nation" podcast.

Find more information about Dr. Nichols on our website: https://aasd.umd.edu/facultyprofile/nichols/jason

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