Andrew Yang’s Plan For Black America


– I am Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter with The Root, and I’m here with 2020 presidential candidate, Andrew Yang. – Hey man, thanks for having me, it’s great to be here. – Right on, right on. I promise, I will be really kind to you. – Oh good, you know, I got that vibe from you. – Listen, I wanna talk to you about the social media support that you’ve been getting. We see hashtags like secure the bag and Yang Gang, so tell us, who are the members of the Yang Gang? – So I’ve been running for president for more than a year, and the name Yang Gang bubbled up a long time ago, and so we’ve had the Yang Gang as like our official, you know, campaign headquarters for a while, but then what you’re talking about is I became something of a social media phenomenon over the last six weeks or so. You know, like, the enthusiasm, I have to say, when I go to college campuses, it seems like it tends to skew young, and very internet-y, like they make a lot of memes. The energy at our rallies is sky high, where we just had a rally of 3000 people at San Francisco and then 1,000 in Chicago. We were joking, it’s like man, we can plant the flag in a lot of places, and apparently like hundreds, maybe thousands of people come out. So we’re gonna test that out. I’m doing a national tour starting in mid April. But when you see the energy in person, then it makes you very excited about all the enthusiasm online, because it’s translating into the real world. It’s not just people making memes, it’s actually people who wanna come out and make real change. – You talked about how capitalism doesn’t center real people and you’ve called for a more human-centered capitalism. What exactly does that mean? – Capitalism right now, it’s become this winner take all economy, particularly in the US. You have this crony capitalism, and like, you know, really wealthy interests just pulling the strings, and then you talk about competition, and a lot of the biggest industries are getting much less competitive. Like, you see consolidation in the big tech companies, you see consolidation in the big banks and financial companies. So we need to start using different measurements to try to drive our economy and society forward, where if you just lose capital efficiency, we’re gonna lose more and more to software, robots, AI, and machines. So we should, instead of using GDP and capital efficiency, we should be using things like how our kids are doing, our own mental health and freedom from substance abuse, average income and affordability, clean air and clean water, and then use those as the actual measurements of economic progress. – Everything that you’re saying sounds like you’re centering people, which to me seems like the antithesis of capitalism itself, and it sounds like you are calling for a reform to capitalism. – We need to evolve as fast as possible, because if you just rely upon capital efficiency, and the example I used in a lot of context is look, there are three and a half million Americans who drive trucks for a living. So in 10 years, if you have trucks that can drive themselves, it doesn’t matter if you’re a really hardworking, attentive truck driver or a shoddy one. The robots gonna beat both of you, you know what I mean? It’s not dependent upon your own individual characteristics. So if we use who can drive the truck better, everyone loses, you know? And so we need to have better measurements than that as fast as possible. I think of it evolving to the next stage of our economy, but I 100% agree that if you just use capital efficiency as a measuring stick, we’re all gonna lose. – One of your main goals is to implement what you’ve called a universal basic income. – The freedom dividend. – [Terrell] Yes, there you go, the freedom dividend. You talk about the humanity of just the GDP. – Yes. – Right. So just tell us exactly what that entails. – Well, so, GDP is something we made up almost 100 years ago during the Great Depression, and I’d like to talk about my wife. My wife’s at home with our two boys, one of whom is autistic, and her work every day counts as zero on GDP. So GDP is not measuring the right things. So if we were to measure how our kids are doing and how we’re doing, like how we’re thriving or not thriving that’s actually the measurement for our economy that we need to move towards as fast as possible. And the great thing is, as president, when I’m in the White House in 2021, all I have to do is just walk down the street to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and say hey guys, GDP, almost 100 years old, kind of useless. And so we’re gonna update it to things like how our kids are doing, how our environment is doing, how we’re doing, like whether we’re mentally healthy, because there’s a mental health crisis in this country. – You make that sound a lot easier than what many people think it actually will be. – Well, taking the measurements is pretty easy, but then changing the way our economy functions is obviously a little trickier. – Which is the point, right? So how do you plan on working with congress in order to carry that out? Because what you’re saying immediately is gonna pop up in people’s mind like you’re a socialist! And you wanna give people free stuff! Then you’re gonna scare the hell out of people. – You know, what I’m happy to say is that millions of Americans are waking up to the reality that we can’t use these twentieth century frameworks for problems of 2020 and beyond. It’s not like people in, you know, 1914 when they’re drawing this stuff up were like artificial intelligence, like self driving vehicles. They didn’t see a lot of this stuff coming. One thing I’m happy to say is that as president, I actually don’t need congress’s approval to change the statistics, like that’s not a congressional thing, that’s like an agency thing, a branch. You literally can just walk down the street and say hey guys, let’s use some new stats. – How come no one else has done that? – Well, it’s because we’ve been focused on the wrong things. If you look at the big measurements that we’re using for the economy, it’s GDP, which is like near a record high, stock market growth, which doesn’t affect the bottom 80% of Americans, for the most part, and then headline on employment rate, which even though it looks good right now, there are millions of Americans that have just dropped out of the workforce, including one of out five prime working age American men. So they just have the wrong measurements, and as someone who’s done a few things that required you to actually see where you’re going, like, if you have the wrong measurements, you’re doomed. So I can’t speak to why we’ve been hanging on to this GDP measurement for a hundred years, even though the inventor of GDP even said this is a terrible measurement for national wellbeing, we should never use it as that. – So we need to completely get rid of that, and replace it with something that deals more with how human beings– – How we’re doing, right. And one of the things I said to Breakfast Club in that interview was that the median African American net worth is projected to be zero by 2053, and now you have to ask like why the heck is that? – What does that exactly mean for us? You know, for black people by 2053? What would that look like? – Yeah, so and this is why I’m running for president, why I’m so passionate about our need to really evolve and get our heads out of the sand. So if you look at the five most common jobs in the US economy, and the African American community will like, you know, it’d be occupying many of these jobs. Number one is retail, and 30% of American malls and stores are closing. The average retail worker is a 39 year old woman making between 10 and 11 dollars an hour. So if 30% of those stores close, what happens to those jobs and families? Another top job is customer service and call centers. Artificial intelligence is gonna be able to do the job of that two and a half million call center workers in the United States, who now make 14 bucks an hour. So then what happens to those workers? So these are jobs that are filled by the majority of Americans, including Americans of color, and so then if you’re automating away those jobs as fast as possible, which is what we’re doing, then who bears the brunt of it? And also who wins? Like, the people who win will be the big tech companies and the folks at the top, and we know those organizations aren’t exactly the most, you know, representative of the US population or the most diverse. – Oh, not at all, which goes to the point of closing the racial wealth gap. – Yes. – So how do you specifically plan on addressing this issue, particularly for black people so that the gap that we are experiencing closes before 2053? – Exactly, and that’s one reason why I’m so excited about the freedom dividend. Putting a 1000 bucks a month into the hands of every American at age 18, which is what I’m proposing and is what we can make happen in 2021, when I’m president, but this is something that Martin Luther King championed in 1967, the year before he was killed. He was prescient. He saw a lot of things coming, and he said look, we need to actually just move towards putting money into the hands of African American families and consumers and communities and businesses, and this is the way to do it. – How else would you address this gap, particularly giving, you know, particularly creating a plan for black people, not specifically to everybody else? – Well, so there are issues specific to the black community that you need separate plans to try and address. What I’m suggesting is that first, if you start with this 1000 bucks a month in everyone’s hands, then that disproportionately helps people that are more excluded. And by the math, it actually does reduce the wealth gap and income inequality. – By how much though? By how much? – It’s really significant. Like, you’re talking about the single biggest move that would actually close the vast wealth gap that anyone has proposed, is what I’m proposing. And so if you had 12000 per year and imagine you had a household with, like, you know, two adults and an 18 year old, that’s 36000 dollars a year in that household, and so it ends up closing the wealth gap very very quickly, and then the great thing is that there is like the effect of all that money circulating in that community, and one thing I’ve said is that if you wanna strengthen African American owned businesses, you have to get money into the hands of African American consumers. – Do you believe in reparations? – Yeah, so I 100% agree with the moral case for reparations. I read Ta-Nehisi Coates, and it’s clear that this country was built on the backs of slaves. And so the question is what we can get done as a society to help try and make that right, when in reality, there’s really nothing anyone can do that can make that right. Like, you can’t go back and undo, you know, decades of subjugation and inhumanity. There is no dollar amount you could be, like, ends, like, everything is now copacetic. – It’s not gonna make it better, but it would make people feel a little bit better. – And I’m a numbers guy, and I agree that, like in, you know, reading Ta-Nehisi Coate’s analysis, if you were to put a number on it, that number would be enormous. Like, rightfully so. – So is slavery and white supremacy, right? – Exactly, like if you were to put a number on it, the number is like, you know, like, in the trillions, realistically. Because if you look at that dollar amount and then grow it overtime and extrapolate it. So the question is how do we get started? And what I’m going to suggest is the way we get started is we put a 1000 bucks a month into everyone’s hands. That would be, literally, hundreds of billions of dollars in the hands of African Americans every single year. – We would get that, so– – [Andrew] And then, after that point, then you start looking and saying okay, what more can we do? But you start with something that will disproportionately help people of color. – Not people of color, black people. – [Andrew] Yes. – Let’s stick to black people. And you agree with the moral argument. – Yes. – Do you agree with a practical economic plan that will carry out some form of reparations, whatever it may be, for black people? – I believe that we need to move in that direction as fast as possible, yes. – Do you think soon that you’ll come up with a plan of what that could potentially look like? – Well, so I have some policy proposals that are specifically directed at strengthening, you know, the black community. – Tell us one. – So one is that if you look at historically black colleges and universities, the problem in our educational system is that it makes more sense to cater to people that have lots of money that can pay you and then donate afterwards. – [Terrell] Sure. – Meanwhile, HBCUs have been incredible successful at elevating the paths of hundreds of thousands of African Americans, and a lot of those schools are now struggling because they’re serving a group that doesn’t necessarily have the means to come back and you know, like, donate a ton. So the federal government needs to step in and say look, we need to shore up the endowments of these historically black colleges and universities that have been awesomely successful and been pillars of our country for decades in many cases, because this is something where the market will not suffice. – The problem is that there are plenty of black folk who have all types of degrees and they can’t find jobs, right, so that goes back to the reparations question. Investing in education does not necessarily equal being able to get into the workforce. Is there anything else that has an economic incentive that will repay black people for the economic racism that we have endured for hundreds of years? – Yes, so the way, the way, and I agree with you, that at this point, getting a degree does not ensure, like, a stable livelihood afterwards. I mean, the underemployment rate for recent college graduates in this county is 44%, and that’s across everyone, and so that rate– – I’m sure black people are far worse. – Yeah, it’s probably even higher. (laughter) Yeah, it’s probably even higher. So that’s one thing that I believe we have to try and adjust to, is like, if someone is like hey, education, education, education, the fact is, like, you get a degree now, like, you might just have this giant debt load and no job at the end of it. So the next big move we have to make is we just have to start putting 1000 bucks a month into everyone’s hands, that then ends up, like, really diversifying people’s options. Because a lot of people go into various higher education programs because they feel like that’s their only secure path forward, and then they wind up with a debt load, and it may or may not work out, whereas if you’re putting 12000 bucks a year into people’s hands, then like how many more entrepreneurs would there be, how many more artists and creatives would there be, how many more people would be able to chart a different sort of path for themselves that’s not dependent necessarily upon a degree or credentials. – You know, you talk about climate change a lot, right? And your plan includes, like, funding for health initiatives and research for respiratory disease caused by air emissions. So you know that EPA scientists found in a recent study that black people are disproportionately impacted by poor air quality. How much of the research made that you’re proposing will be directed to black communities that are most impacted by air emissions? – Yeah, I’ve seen that set of research, and it’s true that African American communities are disproportionately affected by air quality, and so I would wanna put the money to work where the problems are most acute, and so if there’s a population that’s disproportionately affected, then the resources should represent that. – I mean, what does that, resources should reflect that, but more specifically as president, what would be your first move? Like, what would that look like? – So, I mean, you’re talking about, like, let’s say for example it’s like NHI grants. So it could be that everyone, like if you’re trying to study the effects of air pollution on various populations, the NHI would dispense various grants. If the impact is disproportionate on the black community, then a disproportionate amount of the grant money should go towards trying to address that problem. – Okay, so you call for prioritizing sustainable infrastructure in urban development, right? And taking advantage of new materials and designs, and I think there is no city that would be ground zero for that than Flint, Michigan. – Yes, I agree. – And so what type of plan would you have specifically for Flint, Michigan as president? – At this point, it’s like a national tragedy slash embarrassment that the people in Flint still have unsafe drinking water, and the problem is that the United States of America has gotten really bad at building and rebuilding, where what’s happened is you’ve got this very old set of pipes that have then contaminated drinking water for this population, and all of these families and children are suffering as a result. The problem is that those resources would theoretically come from the state of Michigan, and Michigan does not have the resources to say look, we need to just redo this. Like, what they did is they tried to save a few bucks here and there and then it ended up, they tried to sort of hand wave away the fact that this contamination was happening. So I will vow, as president, we’re gonna make the drinking in Flint crystal, like, safe as can be, and whatever that takes, if that takes federal money, going in and just tearing out all of those pipes and rebuilding them from ground zero, then that’s what we’re gonna do, and if the state of Michigan doesn’t have the will to do that, then we’ll do it as the federal government. – Do you feel that as president that there should be a federal inquiry into what happened? – Yes, yes, and the thing is, Flint is a national symbol, but there are other Flints. Flint is not an isolated case in the sense that there other decaying water systems that are now funneling contaminated water to children and other communities, and this is in many ways an emblem of what’s gone wrong in our country, is that these systems were built decades ago. Sometimes in cases where they didn’t even know that some of this stuff existed. And then we let it decay over decades because we’ve just gotten terrible at actually building and rebuilding anything in this country. Our infrastructure is falling apart, and then of course it’s poorer communities that get ignored politically that end up bearing the brunt of it. – How much of the criminality in it and how much of the lack of political will is fueled by racism? – A significant amount of it. Because right now in this society, money talks, and if there was, like, some rich white suburb where like anyone caught a whiff of some kind of drinking water problem, like people would be on it, you know, immediately. The next day, it’d be like freaking scientists and microscopes studying the heck out of that. And then if it’s some poor black community in Ohio, like, you know. (laughter) Like, you know, just turn a blind eye, and that’s, you know, that’s an emblem of what’s gone wrong in our country, is that we size people up based upon their economic value as opposed to their human value. So the slogan for my campaign is Humanity First, is that we’re all human beings, we all have equal value, and we need to start acting like that, and just because a community might not have the political clout or the financial resources does not mean that we can poison their kids and think that’s a moral way to operate as a country. – What would you say to the people of Flint in particular who feel that racism is fueling this crisis where they can’t go to the tap and drink water? – I would say they feel that way because it’s accurate, and it would be actually highly bizarre if they did not feel that way. So, you know, like, I agree with them. So the question is what are we gonna do about it? And as president, one of the things I’m gonna do is I’m gonna go to Flint, I’m gonna stand there, and I’m gonna be like hey, like I promise you that I’m gonna come back and just drink from a tap, and whatever needs to happen between now and then so that, actually, scratch that, I have two kids who are six and three. They’re gonna drink from the tap. And so whatever we need to do between when I’m there and my kids drinking from the tap, that’s what we’re gonna do. – Oh, so, have you experienced racism in your life? – I was the lone skinny Asian kid in all white neighborhood, so I experienced a lot of that sort of juvenile, you know, taunting. I was called, you know, gook and chink and things like that all the time as a kid. I understand what it’s like to be in that situation. I would not pretend to understand what it’s like to grow up African American, because they’re very different sorts of experiences, but I know what it’s like to have had my set of experiences, and I understand that when someone meets me, the first thing they register is that I’m Asian or Asian American, and then some things go through their heads, and I understand what that process is. One of the things I think is going wrong in this country is that we’ve sort of oversimplified racism into particular things. Like to me, a lot of racism has to be about some kind of power dynamic. It’s like, if you see me and acknowledge my race in your head, like, of course you do, that’s just human nature. That’s not racism. Racism is when somehow there’s some kind of negative impact on my life because there’s a power dynamic that I’m on the other end of. And so, you know, we have to try and like address the institutional or systemic racism where we can find it, while also looking at each other and saying hey, the fact that you notice, you know, that I’m of a certain background. I mean, that’s not a problem. – You know, there’s a lot of challenges that Obama had when he was running for president. Was America ready for a black president? It clearly was, and I just wanna ask you, what about America being ready for its first Asian American president? Have you thought about that? – You know, I’ve been campaigning in Iowa and Ohio and New Hampshire, and I have to say that my race has not been a huge pressing issue for many of the voters there. Like, they’re more focused on what I can do, what my vision is for the country, and what my vision would do for them and their families. They’re more concerned about their own wellbeing and their family and their communities. So I don’t think that my race is an issue to the voters in the places that I’ve been at least, campaigning. – You propose that every police officer is equipped with a body camera. There are a lot of departments that have body cameras, but they don’t release the footage. – Yeah, that’s a problem. – So how are you gonna get around that? Because you’re for funding the cameras. The departments often refuse to release the footage, so how you get around that? – Yeah, so what you have to do is you have to set up, like, a legal predisposition where when you show up at the hearing or the tribunal and then you ask hey, where’s the footage? And they’re like hey, we don’t have it, we don’t use it. Then that ends up starting to count as like a negative factor against the officer, where it’s like wait, if you don’t have the footage, then we’re actually gonna start questioning more closely your version of events, because right now, the absence of footage is sort of a default. If you make it so that the footage is the default, and then the absence of footage means that maybe something shady went on, then you can start trying to ratchet up the incentive so that people have to not just have the cameras on, but then use the footage to figure out what happened after the fact. – What’s the punishment for when police officers don’t comply? – This is one of the trickiest things, is that police have a hard time policing themselves. You know, it’s like, and that’s not unique to that particular group of people. I mean, it’s true of a lot of groups. – Yeah, but most of the groups don’t have guns. – Yes, so the question is how do you actually have some sort of enforcement mechanism that’s independent of the existing police department, particularly when you’re trying to figure out what happened after the fact, and that’s something that I am very very open to empowering some sort of independent body, in the Department of Justice or elsewhere, to sort of assist with trying to figure out what happened, and then if you don’t have footage, then they’ll be like look, if you don’t have footage, then unfortunately, we’re starting to see that as very very negative. But the first step is making sure that everyone can have the footage, and then the second step is saying okay, look, if you don’t have the footage, then something that’s not kosher might have gone down here. – There are many people who feel that policing as we know it is unsustainable and that it needs to be abolished and replaced with a different type of enforcement. What is your response to that? – Well, I think that that’s insightful in the sense that community based policing would be much much more effective in many many situations, and trying to demilitarize police departments. It’s like a lot of these police departments have essentially military hardware. And then so if you have military hardware and you don’t really know the people you’re policing, then you wind up with this very very naturally mistrustful dynamic. – Would you cut off any type of program federally that would give police officers military equipment? – Yes, I would. I do not think that police departments need military equipment in like 98% of situations, and that if they do need it, then there are other units that can assist with that. I mean, that’s why these other units exist. – What makes you different from Bernie Sanders? Because both of y’all talk about giving everybody free stuff. – Well, you know, I’m aligned with many of Bernie’s goals and values. Like I think my approaches are sometimes a little bit different and I would argue a bit more modern. The main thing I would distinguish myself in terms of the freedom dividend is I just wanna give everyone straight cash of 1000 bucks a month. Like, that’s the most impactful thing we can do. And then, like, a lot of Bernie’s things try and get to the same place, but do it through various institutions, like free public college and this and that, and I’m like no, straight cash. Money is the most effective way we can help people improve the situation for their families, their communities, and themselves. – You tweeted back in June 2018 about the deaths of whites outnumbering births, and that sparked a backlash of people who think that falls into the narrative of white genocide in America. Just wanted to ask you how you respond to that criticism. – You know, I mean, I was literally just retweeting a New York Times article that had a stat that said hey, more whites are dying in various counties than are being born, and then I looked at that, and a lot of it’s because of opiate deaths, and so I just retweeted that, because you know, to me that’s a really compelling picture, is that if you have communities that are dying from drugs, I mean, and it’s not frankly communities that people had previously associated with that sort of phenomenon. But I care about, you know, you can probably see if you went back in my Twitter, I’ve tweeted about a lot of different things. – Yeah, but I think the critique is that it plays into this notion of, you know, the white person’s dying in America, and, you know, people of color are kind of coming in and taking over. That’s the sentiment, even though that retweet may not have come across that way. – No, and I appreciate that. Thank you for providing the context. So here are just the straight facts. Americans are dying younger because of suicide and drug overdoses, regardless of their racial background. Like, our overall life expectancy has declined for the last three years, which is almost unheard of in a developed country. That’s just gruesome and horrific for all of us, you know, of any background. You look around and be like wait a minute, we’re supposed to be the richest, most advanced country in the world, and we’re dying of drugs and suicides at epic levels to the point where it’s actually bringing our life expectancy down? And so I completely disagree with the narrative you just described, which is like somehow other people are like taking over. What I’m saying is like there’s just a society wide disintegration that’s happening to us all, and you know, we need to start looking at and being like is it normal for a developed country’s life expectancy to go down three years in a row? No, it is not. – What do you say to people who don’t know you, and the first thing that pops in their mind is this man does not stand a chance in hell of winning? – Well, you know, it’s funny. There are various sites where they put odds on someone becoming the nominee, and right now I’m fifth. They have me at 14% to win the nomination, and the reason for that is that I’m already peeling off voters from all these different segments of the population, in part because I’m telling the truth about what’s happening to our society. And so my chances of winning go up every single day, and I’ve already qualified for the democratic primary debates, raised over a million dollars in increments of only 20 dollars in the last five weeks. This campaign is just gonna keep on rising, we’re gonna peak at the right time, and then when I’m president, I’m gonna get people that money, because that’s what people have put me– – Gonna release that bag, right? – I’m gonna get you that bag. – Are you gonna get me mine first? – Yeah man, you can be there at the inauguration. – Okay. (laughter) Mr. Yang, thank you so much for the time. – It was a pleasure man, it’s great to be here.




Comments
  1. why question for black people? Because I don't see peoples in differences color, I prefer is question for all American peoples

  2. Wow what an asshole interviewer. This isn't just about the black communities. His real question should be what can Mr. Yang do for everyone. The reparation for black people today should be non existent. If you were not born during the slavery time then you should not get anything simple as that. The black ancestors who were slavery deserve the reparations not the black of today when you yourself did not experience the hardship they had to go through. As sad of an age that was the black of today have to move on and look toward the future and see what they can do for not only their people but for everyone. America is a melting pot of different race, not just only one race matters.

  3. BLACK PPL ?? lol This ASIAN MAN is a Joke but Clever, he will put The AMERICAN GOV and Economy Down to his knees, if president. He will flip White Americans like burgers and Blacks like french fries. ROBOTIC NATION in the making.

  4. Such an abrasive interview…instead of trying to corner Yang he should have used the time to instill goodwill to all and realize that with Yang we have the best chance of EVERYONE coming away in 2020 with a better future.

  5. Man listen. I got black friends and I even call ma boy @bigmikefromnj05 my brother. And I'm all for the reparations for black people. BUT… just to throw this out there, Chinese people built most of the railroads in this country and went on to suffer as well. So they deserve reparations as well. (And no I'm not Chinese, in fact I'm Mexican) which brings me to the next statement. I've been struggling to get my citizenship for about 20 YEARS. As I'm typing this. I'm proud to say I finally obtained my Residency after being illegal for 18+ years. I'm not trying to start a race issue here that's not my intention. I'm very sympathetic towards the struggles that black ancestors went through. However today, in this present time. My parents were illegal. And we couldn't enjoy the privileges of a drivers license, social security and other blessings that today's black and chinese americans had. No disrespect to anyone. But if everyone is getting reparations, We, mexican americans deserve to be treated right as well. That's all I'm asking. There's so many stereo types for my people which involves degrading my people. We're honestly looked like we're less than what we're worth. Even so, my parents brought me up to stay away from gangs. Work hard in whatever job god blesses you with. So we often took jobs that nobody esle wanted. I've literally been in fields picking blueberries (shamefully a job that nobody wants to do) I was there for a week and the only people there were MEXICANS AND JAMAICANS. Both crowds obviously illegal. No temp work situation plain and simply illegal. But me and my jamaican brothers and sisters WORKED. So with that being said my parents deserve citizenship because just like your parents. Things happen in life. My mother has now been diagnosed with cancer. And no medicaid. We've got denied emergency Medicaid. Mind you both my mom and my dad are now legal residents. But even with that status we still experience a really hard time getting by. My father has to break his back working 7 days a week. Long hours from morning to night time. Fortunately I can help. But I'm also attending school so it's not as easy as one thinks. We're just bearly getting by. I urge you all to fight for what's right for you. But also fight for what's right for your neighbors and neighborhood. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Your friend. Jose

  6. His policies includes pardoning every single person for non violent drug offenses on day one and giving $1k to former felons the minute they walk out free. Imagine what a game changer for people who literally can’t find jobs and get stuck in the cycle of recidivism

  7. The UBI will literally pump 42 billion dollars into the African American community. Now I am for reparations, but we have make this UBI proposal a reality, as Dr. Martin Luther King strongly advocated for just before his assassination.

  8. Why this dude making everything about race? Like my guy chill when he talks about everyone he means EVERYONE! Black ugly short dyslexic inbred & ALL! Stop trying to exclude blacks from everything to expect special treatment, not all blacks feel like an unlucky self loathing victim

  9. Stopped at 1830. Well, I just wish the interviewer asked questions worthy of a president who is not economically driven. The questions he is asking is more of a person who was a lawyer or already running a city or state. Yang isn't a bearucrat as I said in another video. However, he seems a hell of a lot more sharp and decisive. He addresses things in a fashion people are not accustomed to though….

  10. THIS interviewer. I don't care what color you are… can we just agree as Americans….to NOT act like this? P.s. I'm black…. ….but I'm ok with people who don't look like me getting the same help. Selfishness is ugly in every color. One love everyone!✌

  11. I'm really liking this andrew yang guy. His economy idea seems to be a lot more plastic and flexible. So even if the next president after him diagrees, it won't be too hard to change.

  12. The amount of money is not the main point. Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend proposal is important for 3 reasons. First, it addresses the fact that your data belongs to YOU. You should control it and be compensated for the revenue generated by it. Secondly, it confronts the fact that companies are paying ZERO in taxes. It doesn't acknowledge the fact that companies use infrastructure to ship the goods to you but aren't paying enough taxes to maintain that infrastructure. TIF and other tax abatements deprive school districts, infrastructure, etc. of money. (Look up "dark store theory" on the CityLab webpage.) Third, the tremendous profits that companies will make through automation will deprive so many people of healthcare and salaries. The $1K per person is not enough to compensate for that, but at least it is a token representation of that tremendous loss of income. The $1K should come off the top of corporate profits, just like our income tax does. Don't wait for Bezos to buy a rocket! Actually, consumers pay sales tax as well as income tax. We pay property taxes, but corporations get depreciation deductions on their assets. Online businesses don't have local property to pay taxes on! We pay the taxes that corporations avoid paying. Corporations will avoid paying the VAT, too.

  13. Lmao Jesus christ.. These americans blacks only care about other blacks. The most racist people on earth Andrew yang was cringing so hard when that dude was spreading out Lies after Lies wanting to get more benefits and privelige than they already do. Blacks get easier into schools with less grades. Asians and whites with better grades get cut out so blacks with less grades get in. Its so stupid. And racist

  14. I roll my eyes at the mention of reparations. Stop it. It makes us look ignorant and money hungry. This interviewer is trying so hard to make this about black people when what yang is talking about is something to help everyone in the very near term. It's not just black people struggling my brother. You just sound foolish.

  15. All others candidates looks pale and boring next to Yang. He is the real change. Vote for him please. I'm Canadian, but if I could, I would have voted for him.

  16. I mean colored or not, a freedom dividend would help boost Black America. Not sure what the interviewer’s demeanor was about …

  17. These things Yang plans on doing, is kind of going in Mexico. The USA is keeping quite about what is going on in Mexico…..good things are going on down there.

  18. I like Yang but the other guy… All that stuff about reparations for black people. Yes, some racism is still an issue, but just paying money to someone because of skin color? Why? Because in average let's say they have lower life quality? So you want to give money to some rich black guy and don't give it to some poor white trash guy? That's the same racism

  19. The disastrous policing issue is rationally and easily solved by restricting 85 to 90 % of each municipalities positions on its police force to its own residents. Same for Fire and Ambulatory services.

  20. No disrespect, but YES, COLORED PEOPLE, Native Americans are here too dumbass, we were enslaved and had our homes taken from us just like blacks but everyone seems to forget about us, sure we get the rez but do you see how it is In the reservations? Its basically the Native American version of the Hood, or ghetto.

    And again, I'm not tryna put anyone down, I'm jus saying, equality please, American Indians aren't doing so well dawg.

  21. it is not the responsibility of politicians to come up with an agenda for black folks black folks most come together and create their own agenda for education and economic development then present the agenda to politicians for their support in exchange for our financial support and our vote THE BLACK AGENDA SHOULD BE UNIFICATION AND CONTROL OVER THE SOCIAL EDUCATION ECONOMICS AND POLITICS OF OUR COMMUNITIES SO THAT WE MAY LIVE IN SAFE PROPEROUS COMMUNITIES AND POLITICIANS CAN NOT DO THAT FOR US WE MOST DO THAT FOR OUSELVES WITH THE SUPPORT OF POLITICTIANS

  22. what we should be doing is organizing every black community for education and economic developement setting up community governing bodies across the country every black organization should transform themselves into a wealth building and development organization building wealth then share the wealth becoming the biggest owners of properties and businesses in the hood and the biggest employer of black folks in the hood offering black folks oppurtunities to invest in the purchase and rehab of abandon buildings and vacant lots and a chance to invest in community businesses and franchises started by the organizations i have a whole plan on how black folks can get this done contact me

  23. Bruh why do I feel like 2024 is going to be extremely intense then the previous election. Not talking about 2020 btw lol

  24. Yang is smart enough to know that the "freedom dividend" wont close the racial/lineage wealth gap. Nothing closes the wealth gap except reparations. Anytime you hear "disporportionately" you know you have been served a universal policy and NO universal policy will fix it..And host, Not "people of color", black people, good job but because of the bad politics since 1965 you can just say "black" people in the us. So NOT "black" people, you have to signify Ethnic African American /Descendants of American Slavery. You have to be SPECIFIC when discussing reparations because "African American" now just means anybody black in america, so you can have a "black" person who immigrated, or is a 1st, 2nd, gen "African American" when in reality the people who would be receiving reparations are not immigrant descendant. They are African American /ADOS as an ethnicity of people.

  25. Yang crushed it. But this interviwer has to get off the race politics. He's doing his platform a disservice by focusing so hard on just "black people" as he says several times and emphasises. Like dude just stfu and listen to what he's saying cuz this shit helps EVERYONE. Interviewer is way too stuck on Black Supremacy rather than equality for the people.

  26. Wow, starting to really like this guy. He understands so many issues in America is wealth issues, and the interviewer keeps trying to push it as something else. Though there is correlation between the two, the causation HAS GOWN DOWN over the past decades, and it hurts to keep trying to keep pushing a heavy biased connection.

  27. Yang 2020 all the way. One of the only people running for president thats bringing people together instead of focusing on dividing us. Also, this interviewer was trash I'm sorry. Felt like he wasn't understanding the points Yang was making for the most part.

  28. I served in the U.S.M.C.and is labeled as a vet with no benefits. As a vet,I believe every vet should be given a home/house after service. Don't matter what socalled race you are,all Marines were taught we all are green. America,put your money where your vets are. It'll help with a lot of vets that are homeless regain their pride again. GUR-RAN-TEEEEED

  29. The nerve of the interviewer guy.
    While Yang was neutral to everything that asshole clearly supports the segregation mindset and was only concerned on what Yang could do for 'black ppl';
    Thus keeping the idea of racism alive and well. GG Asshat.

  30. In terms of reparations: Canadian there. We've paid reparations to our First Nations people for residential schools. A friend of mine once got 60k from the government, on top of all her other entitlements. She is on welfare to this day and has this most chaotic disastrous life I can think of. As a person who comes from a family of welfare drug addict jailbirds, all big payouts do is bring the leeches to your doorstep.

    I'm not saying black people don't DESERVE reparations, the issue is, what do you expect it to help? There is no appropriate price tag that we can attach to mitigate the harms of slavery. I believe reparations usually make the problems worse, because it depends the divide and reinforces the victim mentality (even deserved, it's harmful) that keeps people down. You can research all the things the Canadian government offers our First Nations people, and with the exception of gun deaths, our fn people are in similar positions to American blacks in terms of poverty, rate of incarceration, access to drinking water, opportunity, etc.

  31. Yang Gang 2020 guys c'mon!!..I have never voted in my life…I will vote for the first time in 2020…let's "Make America Great Again"..

  32. Kudos to Andrew for actually being able to be level with this guy. As another minority when he kept pointing out black people specifically it kind of irritated me. I mean cmon man we're both on the same ship lets not give the life jackets to just certain people but for all the people

  33. This interviewer was a disgrace to our race🤦🏾‍♀️ ,just totally idiotic,Mr.Andrew Yang on the other hand,shown like the beacon of light 💡 and positivity he is.This man knows what he’s talking about, and if he becomes President, could be the greatest one in our life time.

  34. I agree, the weakest link hear was the interviewer. Root, please do a better job, particularly in selecting interviewers. But Yang managed to impress me despite that. however, i think he should re-think just giving strait cash. like myself, most black people will see with right thru that, and call bullshit. I appreciate the sentiment, but I want something more meaningful and respect-based. And i think most african americans (black folks) feel the same way. Black People care far more about respect than money. Something these 2020 candidates, (along with most republicans) don't seem too grasp

  35. Why just black people? Shouldn't everyone be equal? Why is this guy putting down other minorities that are not black?

  36. As a leaning conservative, I respect and believe Andrew yang could do some good for this country as an individual that doesn’t focus on left or right, but for solutions for our country’s problems

  37. I have the same sweater as the interviewer.
    Does he identify as a skinny white nerd, or am I woke and didn't even know?
    Wang2020 from England

  38. Guy A has $500,000 guy B has $50,000 guy c has $5,000 guy d has $500. Let's give everyone a $1000!!!!!! this will fix racial and income inequality. Oh and I will stop silicon valley from making A.I.

  39. “Humanity first” is the best and most inclusive slogan in a propaganda. It is the exact opposite of racist/identity politics that often derail real efforts at solving the true problem space.

  40. Can he stop cutting off Andrew Yang with the "What about black people" this and that, he sounds so ignorant. We have issues that we need to work on within our communities OURSELVES, stop expecting everyone else to solve ALL our problems. We as black folks need to start investing in ourselves first before we start expecting everyone else too.

    How many of us swear up and down that we're not going to vote, like we're hurting anyone but ourselves, then wonder why 45 is sitting in the White House the next day. Meanwhile there are states working to pass laws this very minute that restrict Native Americans from even voting, the original citizens of this country. Smdh

    We have got to start thinking critically and globally about struggles beyond just our situations, because all of it is connected. Look no further than the 3 year olds in cages sleeping on cold concrete floors down at the border. This capitalist, white supremacist system was set up to ensure that anyone who isn't white is going to suffer. It wants us to see the issues affecting other PoCs as "not my problem" because that's how it maintains its position of power, by keeping us divided.The reality is it's going to take all of us united to ensure lasting change.

    What Yang is proposing is a start, a good one at that. Putting everyone on equal footing is how we start to put a dent in systemic racism.

  41. The most important thing I learned from this interview is Yang's ability to sustain civil conversation in the midst of race baiting. What resilience!

  42. The host doesn't seem very fond of just the $1,000/month idea… he only wants reparations for black people. He even told Yang he doesn't want to talk about "people of color,"… only black people. What about other people of color? I think $1,000/ month is a huge amount, what more does he want? Current economic racism seems like a stretch to me 2019, people of every color are struggling in this economy. Other races outside of black people are struggling too. Reparations would've made more sense 50-100 years ago.

  43. I like how the interviewer corrected him on black people and not people of color. This interview was specifically about what Yang would do for Black People. Not no damn people of color. I loved Yang's answer, and now I'm interested in him. I was not feeling him at first, but I wanna hear more now.

  44. As the 21st century approaches, we need to change the definition of work. We need to take advantage of technology or the advanced world we're living in. Having robots do the work gives humans more time to spend with families and do the things we enjoy. I dread being startled by the alarm clock every day at 5:00am, fight traffic for 45 minutes, spend 8 hours with a not-so-nice boss and co-workers who love to gossip, then fight another 45 minutes of traffic. By the time I get home, I'm dead tired to even cook or enjoy spending time with the little ones. This scenario repeats itself for 30-35 years, then I get fired for being too old. Is this the kind of life we want? For me, NO. I'm a shareholder of this most powerful, richest country in the world, I need to have my $1,000/mos dividend now so I can enjoy life before I die. Andrew Yang for president.

  45. Black people are ancient aliens…they are telepaths and mind readers…lol…if i know any better, they prolly enslaved the white albinos…😀… Now fellas dont get upset…this is just my hunch…i know you guys control the blondes and white curlies…

  46. 11.00 minutes in on the topic of reparations.
    Black person= hey 12000 dollars yearly isn't good enough, we want more!
    Yang= we can federally enrich black schools
    black person =this still isn't good enough!
    Like wtf
    Tribalism 101 folks, it's a real thin line to let this have any part in government!
    also i'm pro yang i might add, but you have to know where to draw the line somewhere or else you'll end up doing the very own thing that your trying to stop, which would be oppressing other people!

  47. The part on reparations: this is the most political I have ever heard Mr. Yang.
    I do not support reparations, has a person of African decent. I do support better programs that encourage all people to make healthy, financially positive choices! Getting fewer people stuck on a program that punishes effort to do better! While I don’t love giving people something for nothing, I far prefer giving people flexibility in how to make better choices

  48. I love this guys ideas but the mental health , depression , crime all comes down to wealth because wealth gives security of you being able to provide and live a nice life . But if robots/A.I are going to replace over 75% of jobs that you went into debt for a college degree which means nothing after that matters and all of these things will boil to a point of survival of the fittest no matter what color you are.

  49. I can’t change my ancestors choices, so I agree with them? Not at all, I feel that Reperations is the ideal put in minds of black people to keep them needing more from the government. Is there racism in this country? Yes, but to continue living like it is actively effecting you, you are suppressing yourselves.

    I agree with Andrew Yang that the Freedom Dividend is for EVERYONE! I feel like that is what is missed, no matter what you give people, some continue wanting more. I’m all for this plan but giving more to certain people deflects the reasoning for this dividend.

  50. Yang's policies benefit all groups, but African-American communities benefit the most. Most Black communities may not see this, but the Black Leaders certainly could (Rev. Al Sharpton, Jim Clyburn, Obama…) If these Black Leaders truly care for their people, they will publicly endorse Andrew Yang. If they have personal political agenda, then they won't.

  51. People of color and black people are not the same thing. I get the interviewer's point, but man does he come off as a douche.

  52. Free stuff? This is my taxes. I'm self employed, and sick and tired of bailing out everyone . It's my time!!!!. F u all.!!!!

  53. Self employed, I'm not voting for anyone else to use my taxes to bail your black ass out. No,,,,,Yang is going to bail out all of us with our hard earn taxes. Free stuff my ass. You peeps make me sick. No Yang? I'm going Trump. U going down with me.

  54. I like Warren and Sanders as old name in the race. But Andrew Yang as president to tackle domestic problems with Pete Buttigieg as vice to tackle foreign matters will be the best thing for the US.

  55. So we’re talking about stipulation for the American people Ad not the stipulations surrounding this diveden. I would like to hear more on the rules surrounding this $1000 per American

  56. I'm a Marianne Williamson supporter
    and I have much respect for Mr. Yang.
    Whomever wins the Democratic nomination,
    should learn much from them both.

  57. This interviewer needs to go.

    Listen to his answers and make use of what Andrew is trying to do for MINORITIES and POOR and not just about black people… and don’t tilt your head back as if you’re a thug.

  58. how about you blacks stop depending on government? stop asking what the government can do for you and start asking what you can do for yourselves? do you see asians crying and whining all the time about our government? no. why? because we don't care. our lives do not depend on government hand outs.

  59. Many people are saying similar things in the comments but what was so egregiously frustrating about this interviewer – is that he never seemed satisfied when Yang articulated policies that would in fact greatly assist PoC; purely because virtually none of Yang's ideas are racially exclusive. I can't help but feel like this interviewer almost brazenly embodied a fear many reparations skeptics hold: It's not improving standards of living that these people are interested in. It's about retribution. And holding the shadow of a dark history over current-day innocent peoples' heads. Making life better for black people doesn't frankly seem good enough – especially not when the politician has the audacity to want to tackle the problems of all the disadvantaged – regardless of their skin color…

    Toxic interviewer – and I write this as a leftie who believes this mindset is probably the trench the left is going to die in if we don't get our shit together.

  60. Not just black American, he has plans for all of us. America will be much happier than the Current president. All you have to do is VOTE for him.

  61. You can give every American $3,000 a month all you have to do is to cut the military budget 50% We don't need to be in every conflict around the world spent 1 billion dollars on a war plane 1 million dollars on a missile, etc… War is a complete waste of monies and human lives.

  62. UBI is a "distraction" it's being weaponized for their neoliberal fight against HUD, unions, SSI, Food Assistance programs, true Universal Healthcare, Living Wage, etc.

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