Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn't ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals.
"If under the Constitution we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn't you compensate people who actually were property," the former Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary said.
Other candidates are discussing tax credits and other subsidies, rather than direct payments for the labor and legal oppression of slaves and their descendants.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic-socialist who's running for the Democratic nomination, would put resources into programs he believes would help distressed communities such as "Medicare-for-all" and tuition-free college.
Castro told CNN's "State of the Union" he doesn't think that's the proper argument for reparations if "a big check needs to be written for a whole bunch of other stuff."