TREVOR NOAH: One of the bigger issues that has really resonated with many people from the debates is the issue in and around reparations.
TREVOR NOAH: This has been one of your core issues. Why?
WILLIAMSON: I’ve been talking about this since my book came out in 1997. The first enslaved persons are brought over in 1619 with slavery not abolished ‘till 1865. That’s 250 years. Followed by another hundred years of institutionalized violence against black people. That’s 350 years of institutionalized violence. That’s longer than this country has been in existence. Paying reparations for slavery will not fix everything but American will not have the future that we want if we’re not willing to clean up the past to clean up this original character defect of racism. Whatever it costs, it’s time to do this. I’m Marianne Williamson and I approve this message.