According to the Associated Press, Joe Biden won the 2020 election all the way back on last Saturday, thanks to states like Pennsylvania and Georgia. If you ask President Trump, however, no decision has been made and he “won” a “rigged” election.
The whole thing has been a bit of a mess, if we’re being honest, and rumors from deep within the White House seem to insinuate that President Trump fully understands the state of play, and may be playing up his resistance to the results in order to position himself as a highly controversial figure when he makes the almost-inevitable transition to the media landscape.
As such, Joe Biden is putting together an administration without access to the normal transitionary funds and resources.
One of the latest to join his team is a strong advocate for the controversial idea of reparations.
Mehrsa Baradaran, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, is helping Biden prepare to “hit the ground running on Day One” as a member of his Department of the Treasury agency review team. Baradaran is an outspoken advocate of reparations for black Americans, both as a means of correcting “white supremacy” and closing the racial wealth gap.
Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) dodged questions about reparations throughout the 2020 cycle. Baradaran took note of their refusal to stake out a firm stance on the issue. “Dear Kamala, Reparations or go home,” she wrote in June 2019. “Biden just dodged that reparations question like a much nimbler and younger man,” she said in December 2019, referencing a Democratic primary debate.
And that’s not all.
In her 2017 book The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, Baradaran argues that closing the racial wealth gap requires acknowledging past wrongs and providing compensation for damages. “A reparations program could take many forms from simple cash payments or baby bonds to more complex schemes such as subsidized college tuition, basic income, housing vouchers, or subsidized mortgage credit,” she writes. Baradaran’s book inspired Netflix to donate $100 million to organizations that “support Black communities.”
The idea of providing reparations to the descendants of slaves has been a part of the American political discourse for some time, but has received intense pushback from a great many voters.