New Democratic Presidential Contender Wants $100 Billion In Slavery Reparations
She's also cool with Oprah.
If you’re sad Oprah is not running for president, you should get to know Marianne Williamson. The author and spiritual adviser to Oprah announced her candidacy on Monday, reports CNN.
"We need a moral and spiritual awakening in the country," Williamson told CNN on Thursday. "Nothing short of that is adequate to fundamentally change the patterns of our political dysfunction."
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Williamson believes her work as a spiritualist will help her if she makes it to the White House.
"We need someone to articulate what's happening, the deeper levels of moral dysfunction," Williamson said. "I have had a 35 year career in naming and transforming those dynamics. That's my qualification for the presidency at this time."
The Texas Democrat ran for Congress in 2014 but placed fourth in the primaries. She endorsed Bernie Sanders for president in 2016.
According to her campaign website, Williamson has progressive values including passing pro-choice legislation, federal protections for LGBTQ citizens and universal healthcare. She is also a proponent of reparations for the descendants of enslaved people.
She wants to allocate $100 billion to be distributed to slavery descendants throughout a decade.
"I believe $100 billion given to a council to apply this money to economic projects and educational projects of renewal for that population is a debt to be paid," she told CNN.
Williamson is the fifth woman to announce her intentions to run for president, according to Business Insider. She was preceded by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
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