O’Rourke: No Reparations Til All Americans Understand Slavery

In an interview with The Root on Tuesday, White House hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke argued that all Americans should learn the history of slavery before reparations can become a reality.

Asked if he supports reparations for descendants of slaves, O’Rourke said, “I think, ultimately, we may arrive at that conclusion. But before we do, I think every single American needs to know the full story of this country… I would support those steps that would allow us to repair the damage done and to stop visiting this kind of injustice on future generations.

“But I am convinced in a democracy, unless everybody understands the story of this country—and most people do not—you’ll never get to that action or that end result,” he added.