February 7, 2020 - Democratic Candidates Debate Policy Response to Systemic Racism


After criticizing Buttigieg’s response over racism in the criminal justice system in his own city, Warren argues, “We cannot just say that criminal justice is the only time we want to talk about race specifically. We need to start having race-conscious laws” in areas like housing, education, and employment. Yang says he disagrees, noting, “You can’t regulate away racism with a whole patchwork of laws that are race-specific.” He advocates for universal basic income. Steyer calls for reparations. Sanders adds later that he believes the criminal justice system is racist and that we need to end the war on drugs. Biden cites a few solutions from equity in housing to stopping building new prisons to funding at-risk schools.