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Racial Healing
and Civil Rights


  60 years have now passed since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, but while many aspects of life have improved for African Americans, in many key respects they’re still considerably worse-off than the rest of the population. This is true in terms of critical areas such as life expectancy, infant mortality, general health, education, home ownership, incarceration rates and overall financial status.

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    RFK Jr. sees this state of things as unacceptable, and his Presidential administration will take key steps to change it - “not only for the sake of Black people, but for the well being of the entire nation. He will appeal not to guilt and blame, but to the conscience of Americans of all races who want to repair the wounds of history.”  

               ( As quoted from the Kennedy24 Racial-Healing / Civil Rights page ) 

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   The following are some of the essential policies he will enact to help remedy the United States’ unhealed racial scars:

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1. Targeted Community Repair

    "Communities that were specifically targeted for destruction need to be specifically targeted for repair.  During Jim Crow, Black banks, businesses, hospitals, schools, and farms were targeted for destruction. Racists knew that without these, the Black community had no chance of building wealth.

     We must set federal dollars aside to rebuild Black infrastructure."

    Targeted Community Repair will be available to devastated communities across the country, not just Black.  The criteria will be around need, not skin color.  However, because there are so many Black communities in need, this program will channel significant resources toward the rebuilding of these most devastated of communities.

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2. Prison Reform

    "RFK Jr. will undo the legacy of the 1994 crime bill that disfavors African Americans.

    He will seek early release for nonviolent offenders. He will reorient the prison system around rehabilitation rather than punishment.

    His policy will be tough in the sense of keeping violent people where they can do no further harm, but generous in recognizing the fundamental desire of most human beings to live meaningful lives and contribute to society." 

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3. Police Reform

    "Kennedy will reorient police to serve, not occupy, Black communities; to keep neighborhoods safe rather than harassing their residents. 

    The federal government will work with localities to change police culture, with pro-community incentives, training in de-escalation, and cooperation with neighborhood organizations."

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4. Working Class 

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     Because Black people are disproportionately represented among the working class, RFK Jr.’s policies to uplift working people will disproportionately help the Black community. 

   These include a $15 minimum wage, tax credits, childcare subsidies, and home-buying programs. Federally-backed 3% mortgages will extend home ownership to millions of Black families.

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5. Schools

     Black children bear the brunt of the shameful decrepitude of the schools in the cities and inner suburbs. RFK Jr.’s policy team is looking at ways to revive these schools while also supporting parents to choose other options. 

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6. Healing Addiction

    "Addiction afflicts all ethnic groups in America, but is especially devastating in conjunction with the unique legacy of racism and trauma faced by Black people.


   RFK Jr. will launch a nationwide network of low-cost or free addiction healing centers on organic farms available to anyone who sincerely wants to heal."

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7. Youth

    "In America’s most devastated communities, many of them heavily Black, young people have few pathways and little hope to escape their situation.      

   RFK Jr. will expand youth programs to make them available to every young person who wants to learn skills while serving society, the environment, the sick, the elderly, and so on."

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8. Free ID for All

American Citizens

    "Today, many marginalized people lack a government-issued ID, locking them out of the banking system, schools, and many other social institutions.

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will make free passport cards available to any American citizen who wants one."

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    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., believes that all of these policies can be accomplished only by uniting Black and White working people in conscience and compassion.  He seeks to inspire a spirit of common cause, that recognizes that no one can thrive when many are left out.

Videos -etc. -

RFK Jr's Fight for Healthy Water! Riverkeeper & the Waterkeepers Alliance

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