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Dem. Presidential Candidate Calls For $100 Billion In Reparations For Slavery

Vibe logo Vibe 2/1/2019 Jessica McKinney
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Marianne Williamson attends the Project Angel Food's Angel Awards 2015, Honoring Marianne Williamson & Founding Team as well as Entertainment Industry Foundation at Taglyan Cultural Complex on August 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Project Angel Food) © Araya Diaz HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Marianne Williamson attends the Project Angel Food's Angel Awards 2015, Honoring Marianne Williamson & Founding Team as well as Entertainment Industry Foundation at Taglyan Cultural Complex on August 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Project Angel Food)

Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson is calling for a "spiritual awakening "to occur in the United States. After launching her presidential 2020 campaign in Los Angeles on Monday (Jan. 28), Williamson sat down with CNN's "New Day," where she called for the U.S. to pay $100 billion in reparations for slavery.

"We need a moral and spiritual awakening in the country," Williamson said. "Nothing short of that is adequate to fundamentally change the patterns of our political dysfunction... I have had a 35-year career in naming and transforming those dynamics. That's my qualification for the presidency.”

Williamson recommended that reparations for slavery be paid out in $10 billion per year and be distributed over the span of one decade. She also suggested that billions of dollars be donated to educational and economic projects that would help the country. "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 added.

Williamson’s platform includes campaigns for free college, universal background checks for gun owners, and more.

Williamson previously ran for Congress in California in 2014, but placed fourth in the primary. She is a best-selling author and spiritual counselor to Oprah Winfrey.

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