RadioOnFire.com - A slew of democratic candidates hoping to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House spelled out their views on racial justice Friday in progressive campaign pitches to crowds at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention.
Nearly all of the 15-plus Democrats who have launched campaigns in the 2020 election showed up to the civil rights organization’s annual conference this week in a Sheraton hotel ballroom in Manhattan’s Times Square.
Eight of those candidates gave speeches on Friday – including Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who had just announced his campaign a day earlier – touching on a range of issues including taxes, child care and climate change. But the predominant themes of their remarks mirrored the NAN’s own stated priorities, particularly reforming the criminal justice system with the past and current impacts of racism in America at top of mind.
Most of the 2020 contenders, often prompted by Sharpton himself, also affirmed their support for a bill introduced in Congress that would create a commission to study reparations for African-Americans.