Actress Alyssa Milano and comedian Chelsea Handler want the Biden administration to provide economic support to the Black community through federal reparations for slavery.
“Lame argument against reparations: ‘Talking about slavery is keeping racism alive or perpetuating the victim mentality.’ No,” Milano argued.
In a more than five-minute video produced by NowThis, Milano and Handler appeared alongside activists and politicians to implore President Joe Biden to “get serious” about reparations.
“If we were to stop talking about racism tomorrow, do you think that that would stop another unarmed Black person from being shot and killed by the police? Do you think not talking about racism would change the fact that Black women are more likely to die during childbirth?” she continued.
Handler jumps in and says the country is out of excuses. “So please stop making them,” she asserts. “We built this country on the backs of Black and brown people and we still haven’t really done anything to say, ‘f—.’”
After former NAACP president Ben Jealous details that the last Antebellum-era plantation was not shut down until the eve of WWII, Milano continued.
“The reason we are still haunted by the legacy of slavery is because our leaders refuse to address it in a meaningful way,” she said. “From school history books to the halls of Congress, the way that this country still lives with slavery every single day is being minimized and brushed under the rug.”
Handler told viewers to become part of the “moment” as a call to action. “If you’re somebody who thinks this is going to be an attack or take something away from you, I want to remind you, that when we all succeed, we all succeed,” Handler remarked. “You don’t get a group of people that succeed beyond another group of people unless you’re being subjugated.”
Milano ended the video by encouraging Biden to “get serious” about reparations.
“White supremacist extremism is on the rise and refusing to talk about its root, slavery, will not solve anything. Silence is not an option and it’s certainly not a cure,” she concluded. “If President Biden and Congress are serious about moving the country forward, then they have to get serious about federal action on reparations.”
‘We’re out of excuses as a country, so please stop making them’ — @ChelseaHandler, @Alyssa_Milano, Rep. @JamaalBowmanNY, and other public figures are urging the federal government to take action on reparations https://t.co/j8yCiHUycK pic.twitter.com/DegMgZ9mAX
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 13, 2021