Presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris has been creating many plans, the most specific plans possible. Now, most people want policy specifics and are sick of general platitudes, however, she seems to be taking that to the extreme.
Here’s what she tweeted on July 27th:
Yesterday I announced that, as president, I’ll establish a student loan debt forgiveness program for Pell Grant recipients who start a business that operates for three years in disadvantaged communities.
This led to many parodies across Twitter:
As president, I’ll establish a loan program for diabetic Hawaiian amputees who lost a limb in mining accidents between the years 1998 and 2003 — Daily Wire writer Matt Walsh
The Democratic Party’s logo should be an asterisk- Popular left-wing Twitter user Internet Hippo
What do we want?
STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR PELL GRANT RECIPIENTS
When do we want it?
AFTER OPERATING A BUSINESS FOR THREE YEARS IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES- Twitter user Ed Zitron
The people most upset by the plan were leftists, specifically ones who do support universal college. They want just that, universal college. Not college debt forgiveness for those who took grants and then opened a business in a disadvantaged community three years ago. How many people will that forgive? Six?
Harris elaborated on this the next day:
I want to thank everyone for your feedback and clarify some confusion. We have an opportunity gap in our country, and one thing we need to do is support Black entrepreneurs. I have a plan to do that on multiple fronts.
Student loan relief for Pell Grant recipients is just one component of our plan to reduce the opportunity gap for Black entrepreneurs — along with $12 billion in direct capital. We can ensure Black entrepreneurs have a real shot at starting small businesses.
But that’s not what you said! You said “disadvantaged communities.” 90% of the poorest communities in the United States are white, the only reason more African Americans live in these communities is because they tend to live in cities which have higher populations by design. That’s one of the reasons people moved to cities back in the industrial revolution.
During these posts, Harris linked a post on her website called “Reducing the Opportunity Gap.”
Pipelines of opportunity should be available to all Americans. But for Black Americans, discrimination and historical injustice have created significant barriers to critical opportunity on-ramps like capital to start a business or access to the training and education needed to enter a lucrative field.
Harris is actually right here, however, she’s pointing the finger at the wrong group. It’s government that caused all these injustices. They’re the ones who passed Jim Crow Laws that forced businesses to segregate. Those “White Only” signs were protested by non-racist business owners who wanted to serve everyone, because that makes the most money.
Shane Killian made two videos showing that racism happens much more often in government than in the private sector. I’ll be pulling from stats from that video. However, I’ll be using the updated version of that video released seven years later.
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEr7bJqh6oY
Point of reference
- African-Americans make up 12.4% of the civilian non-institutional population
- They are 13.2% of the population
- Blacks make up 12.1% of the labor force
- Blacks also have a 61.2% of the labor force participation rate, the overall rate is 62.9%
- Black owned businesses tripled at the national rate up until the Great Recession
- There are zero African American governors
- There’s only one lieutenant governor
- African Americans are only 9% of state legislators (and before you say it, they’re 18% of southern legislators in Southern states)
- Only 8.6% of congressmen are African American
- There are only 3 African American Senators (Tim Scott, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris)
The only example of bad representation in the private sector are linked to education, which the government controls.
So, Ms. Harris, if you truly wish to end racism, end government.