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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced a new proposal Thursday to dismantle what Buttigieg calls “racist structures and systems” in the federal government.
The 37-year-old mayor unveiled the proposal he refers to as the “Douglass Plan,” named after famed abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass, on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” The plan demands a new voting rights act and pushing for large, racially focused federal spending increases in education, health and homeownership.
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Buttigieg wants to establish a $10 billion fund specifically for black entrepreneurs drawn out over a period of five years and to spend $25 billion more on historically black colleges. The “Douglass Plan” also seeks to reduce the U.S. prison population by federally legalizing marijuana, abolishing mandatory minimums, and eliminating federal incarceration for those convicted of drug possession. The plan also seeks to reduce sentences for other drug crimes and the expunging of past drug convictions.
Buttigieg also reaffirmed his commitment in the plan to toss out the Electoral College through a constitutional amendment and determine the president through national popular vote.
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“This is a restoration,” Buttigieg said of the plan on NPR. “It is trying to address generational harms and specific intentional theft that took place.”
Buttigieg has been an avid supporter of taxpayer-provided payouts to current descendants of those enslaved in the United States more than 150 years ago. The two-term mayor made clear in the 18-page proposal that the “Douglass Plan” would be implemented in...
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