Robert F. Kennedy Jr. proposed Racial Healing and civil rights as his administration’s Ninth Priority. (9 of 12)

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By Esteban Cabrera
(The author is a Latino consultant for American Values 2024)

New York: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent candidate for the presidency of the United States, supported by the American Values Super Pac, believes that almost 60 years after passing the Civil Rights law, the living conditions of Blacks in America have improved in some ways, but in terms of income, wealth, education, childhood mortality, home ownership, incarceration, health, and life expectancy, they still lag behind the rest of the population.

Under the administration of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., this situation was unacceptable. And he sees it as the result of the still unhealed legacy of racism in the U.S. “In my government, we will take direct measures to remedy it, not only for the good of black people but for the well-being of the entire nation. We will not appeal to guilt but to the conscience of Americans of all races who want to repair the wounds of history. These are some of the policies that my government will adopt to achieve this:

1. Targeted Community Reparation

Communities that were specifically targeted for destruction must be specifically targeted for repair. During Jim Crow, black banks, businesses, hospitals, schools, and farms were targeted for destruction. The racists knew that, without them, the black community had no chance of generating wealth. We must set aside federal dollars to rebuild Black infrastructure.
Targeted Community Repair will be available to devastated communities across the country, not just Black people. The criterion will be the need, not the color of the skin. However, because so many Black communities are in need, this program will channel significant resources toward rebuilding the most devastated neighborhoods.

2. Prison reform

RFK Jr.’s administration will undo the legacy of the 1994 crime bill that disadvantaged African Americans. Will seek early release of non-violent offenders. It will reorient the prison system toward rehabilitation rather than punishment. His policies will be rigid in keeping violent people where they can cause no further harm but generous in recognizing the fundamental desire of most human beings to live meaningful lives and contribute to society.

3. Police reform

When Kennedy gets to the White House, he will reorient the police to serve, not occupy, black communities to keep neighborhoods safe instead of harassing their residents. The federal government will work with localities to change police culture with pro-community incentives, de-escalation training, and cooperation with neighborhood organizations.

4. Working class/working poor

Because blacks are disproportionately represented among the working class, RFK Jr.’s policies to uplift workers will disproportionately help the black community. These include a $15 minimum wage, tax credits, childcare subsidies and home ownership programs. Federally backed 3% mortgages will expand homeownership to millions of Black families.

5. Schools

Black children bear the brunt of the shameful decrepitude of inner-city and suburban schools. RFK Jr.’s policy team is looking for ways to revive these schools while helping parents choose other options.

6. Addiction

Addiction affects all ethnic groups in the United States, but it is especially devastating, along with the unique legacy of racism and trauma faced by Black people. RFK Jr. will launch a nationwide network of free or low-cost addiction healing centers on organic farms available to anyone who sincerely desires a cure.

7. Youth

In America’s most devastated communities, many of them predominantly black, young people have few paths and few hopes to escape their situation. RFK Jr. will expand youth programs to make them available to all young people who want to learn skills while serving society, the environment, the sick, the elderly, etc.

8. Free ID for all U.S. citizens.

Today, many marginalized people lack a government-issued I.D., excluding them from the banking system, schools, and many other social institutions. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will make free passport cards available to any U.S. citizen who wants one.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. believes these policies can only be achieved by uniting black and white workers in conscience and compassion. He seeks to inspire a spirit of common cause, recognizing that no one can prosper when many are excluded.

Source: Kennedy 24

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