Barack Obama
**FILE** Former President Barack Obama speaks to students at the University of Illinois where he accepted the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government in Urbana, Illinois, on September 7, 2018. The award is an annual honor given by the university's Institute of Government and Public Affairs to recognize public officials who have made significant contributions in public service. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

In his new podcast with Bruce Springsteen, former President Barack Obama said he always supported reparations for Black Americans, but he feared white backlash and resistance if he was vocal about such during his presidency. What are your thoughts?

Precious Blue, New York City
Not impressed. The real question is, is he going to put pressure on the Biden/Harris administration to pass reparations and other tangibles that is long overdue for Black Americans?

Ann Spencer, Chicago
I understand his position, but white resistance, resentment and disrespect was already out in the open. He must have already known that white, Southern Democrats would not have voted on his side.

Malcolm Dwayne, Nashville, Tenn.
I’m not rockin’ with Obama on this one, but I’m not going to act like “fear of white resistance and resentment” didn’t stop things from being done while he was in office.

Kim Turner, Washington, D.C.
I really hate he had to pander to white supremacy, but, as we’ve seen, his life could have been on the line as well. I can’t like, love or be angry at this one.

Sharon Alive, Orlando, Fla.
His point is well-taken by those of us who understood what he stated. Thank you for the My Brother’s Keeper program. We still have one in Orlando that was and is run by awesome people. He made a path for health insurance for all. I could go on and on about what he has accomplished.

Compiled by Sarafina Wright

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