The crowded field of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination continues to grow. Several Democratic candidates, including Kamala Harris, attended the 2019 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans over the weekend.

During a speech at the Essence Fest, Harris promised to set aside $100 billion to help Black people invest in home ownership in "redline" areas.

Harris said, if elected president, she would invest $100 billion in grants that would target low-income Black people who don't currently have the opportunity to own a home.

To qualify under Harris's plan, Black applicants must agree to rent or live in redlined areas that haven't historically rented or leased to Black people.

"So we must right the wrong and - after generations of discrimination - give black families a real shot at home ownership - historically one of the most powerful drives of wealth," Harris said.

She said Black Americans have been "institutionally and historically deprived legally from having access" to wealth through homeownership. Harris is pictured at the Essence Music Fest with Essence execs Richelieu Dennis, left, Michelle Ebanks, 2nd from left, and Rev. Al Sharpton.

The $100 billion in grants would help 4 million Black families. But some Blacks were skeptical during call-ins to urban talk radio shows and Podcasts. Many don't believe she cares about Black people.

As a California prosecutor, Harris was tough on Black men. She has been accused of keeping inmates locked up to provide cheap labor to the state.

In one article, titled "Kamala Harris Has Been Tough On Black People, Not Crime," journalist Blake S. writes:

"As someone from the Bay Area and living in Oakland, I am constantly reminded of her history of locking up Black people in the Bay Area. Her track record consists of terrorizing Black communities through the prison industrial complex and she has consistently shown herself to be an enemy to the masses of Black people."

Question: Based on Harris' track record as a tough-as-nails prosecutor, do you trust her when she says she will set aside $100 billion to invest in Black people if she is elected president?

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  • REGINAGEORGE

    Dont believe nothing she say.

  • Rayscoty

    She could never get my vote... Send her and white husband back to the "redline" areas.....

    Focus on important issues. Owning a home is not on the top of the list..

  • Phillybruh

    Elizabeth Warren for the win, although I know Joe will get the Nom

  • lovelygamour

    most african americans live in resource rich areas, there just isnt enough money to exploit it. so what she is going to do is move us to the white areas that are falling down while the white people move back to the cities. I dont believe these loans will help. it will help a lucky few but most will move to bad areas with well water.

  • lovelygamour

    in some areas now is the time to buy before out of towners come in and push people out. however, she isnt talking about building a community. she is talking about giving life to the suburbs that are old and dying.

  • lovelygamour

    he track record is awful. I have heard a little over the years but now that more people are stepping forwarded, she isnt nothing but a good old boy.

  • Phillybruh

    Some of those white areas are just terrible

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Anybody but trump 2020. That being said, i don’t trust her and i think that her black hillary act will end in the way it did. Not to take anything away from kamala’s leadership abilities or political accomplishments but i just dont buy...her. Cory isnt a strong candidate either in my opinion. Its either warren, bernie or pete for me.

  • MsPam

    Kamala ain’t going to do nothing. Can we please get an post about kneegrows fighting at Disneyland?!

  • Bushbabe

    This bag of wind in an empty suit needs to stop lying. She didn't care back when she ran rough shot over the black community in California and AG. https://media0.giphy.com/media/THO3fKlInnlSRo1ZWe/giphy.gif

  • Ryan

    Yeah, let's deflect something positive with something negative.

  • Ghetto Real Name
  • Yup, I said it

    The money could be better spend,in teaching black communities fiscal responsibility. We can get a house but alot of us may get bad loans terms and interest rates and buy too much house that they ultimately cant afford. This is partially due to ignorance but also greed of wanting what we cant afford. Seminars about budget, finances, loans would help people be able to keep the house once they get it.

  • ALLMINE?

    Ain't nobody gonna do nothing for us but us.. that's it.

  • Bushbabe
  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Sounds good but I will believe it when I see it. These politicians lie too much for me and my experience with black politicians have been, they always have to prove to whites, that they're not a threat to them in any way. They're allowed to lie to us (blacks) and pretend to be "for us" to get our vote but once in office, all those promises are pushed to the back burner, by more "important things" (white people's immediate demands). If they refuse to accommodate whites, they are voted out the next term and replaced with someone who will "play by the rules". With all of the black politicians that have gone through Congress, NONE have made what she's promising come to be...NONE...not even the DC mayor or Obama and they were right in D.C where the movers and shakers reside and work.

    Blacks have a better chance of saving, building their credit and hoping that the bank will approve them for a loan because waiting on these politicians to balance out the playing field, they'll die without ever owning a home. I dont mean to be a buzzkill but my trust in them is non-existent at this point.

  • Yup, I said it

    Blacks can buy. Especially if they used their local credit unions but the only problem is to get the best loans your credit has to be good and you house hold size will count against your affordability. That's why people who have 3 and 4 kids and then decide they want to buy a house struggle with it. Buy one before your family grows and then you will already be in the game and have some equity.

  • Katherine

    Biden is the only one who is really beating Trump in the polls right now. The others are either tied or within the margin of error. If you don't want another four years of Trump you should watch the polls and keep Biden in mind, cause the way it's looking right now, the others aren't our best shot at getting Trump out of the White House.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Treasureme

    Saying anything for the black vote.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I believe the candidate that says he will make college free BEFORE I believe this chick and THIS bullshit https://media1.giphy.com/media/1g0NtQk8rkmhSm7SQQ/giphy.gif

  • Katherine

    I wish people would look at the bigger picture and be more strategic. Why waste your vote on someone who probably won't beat Trump? Biden is the only one who is really beating Trump in the polls right now. The others are either tied or within the margin of error. In my opinion, if you don't want another four years of Trump then you should be watching the polls and going with the candidate who has the best shot at beating Trump. Why take the risk on someone else?

  • Alextra Ballard

    No Ma’am Koala!!!! ...It’s somn about Koala that just doesn’t sit right with me. Fake? Fraud? Smdh

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    What's the next impossible promise?...the 40 acres and a mule that our ancestors have been owed since the "abolition of slavery"...
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/l0HepvlVMnt1B4R1u/giphy.gif

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I agree! Interest rates are too high for it to be reasonable for a LOT of people!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Alla these Gifs sums up Koala perfectly

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Not Koala ??

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Amen!

  • lovelygamour

    but she framed it in a way that would benefit suburban whites. buy their old uncared for houses at probably triple market rate.

  • Carrington

    FOH! I'm sick of all these candidates pandering to black folk - and ain't gone do $HIT! All the candidates saying $hit they think black folk want to hear and won't act on it... reparations, home ownership, wipe out student debt... I'm waiting on Pete Butiegeg to say, "everybody got an Obama phone?... I promise to give every colored a Popeye's gift card!"
    BYE!

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Thank you. I will ddfinitely vote for bidden if push comes to shove

  • lovelygamour

    i voted for obama because he said ~no war~ but people forget how many promises he broke to black people and the activist people. then the guy who helped him lie became mayor of chicago -rahm Emmanual. rahm to my knowledge was elected because people thought he had so many connections. what exactly has he improved? im not from chicago but it seems that, once again, grassroots and people being tired has help chicago more then rahm the connected mayor.

  • lovelygamour

    I know Floridians get a discount but disneyland cost too much to be fighting. however, white people get arrested at disneyland all the time.

  • Phillybruh

    We are free to like and support who we want to during the primaries. I made the decision that I wouldn't be supporting any white male during them. Now the general is a different story.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    she doesn't play the politics game right. let's see how this pans out. I'm not particularly a fan.

  • Hazel

    Say it louder....

  • OUBoyWonder

    Oh, just stop it...pie in the sky, carrots in your face LIES! These people are just promising Negroes the moon and the stars trying to get votes...bad part is the Negroes that fall for these stupid pandering lies can't and won't vote anyway.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    The sad part is that everyone use (black folks) as a tools, even black folks..to get what they want. Then turn on them after they get it, its been working for centuries. And still going strong in 2019,2020, 2021.etc....

  • n1kk1a

    Ion believe it. Sounds good though. ?

  • OUBoyWonder

    LMAO! This gif made me damn near snort loud at my desk...thanks for the laugh Jenie!

  • Katherine

    Okay. I was only pointing out that if we nominate a weak candidate in the primary we will have a higher risk of losing and getting stuck with Trump for another four years. But, you're right, everyone is free to vote however they individually see fit.

  • cherrypie

    Just saw the video and its a hot mess. SMH. We cant go no where. Kids all around. The dude in the pink shirt needs his azz beat.

  • Phillybruh

    We run that risk anyway, even with Joe as the nominee Trump still has a path to victory.

  • OUBoyWonder

    We've been the biggest fools over and over and over and over........

  • Dr. P

    She's a who lie...this is the equivalent to Chump's border wall....bye gul

  • Ghost

    Wow! That would be HUGE! But I don’t believe it not one bit...hate when these politicians come out of the gate with grandiose promises...smh

  • Ghetto Real Name

    A hoe.

  • Ryan

    ?

  • tia

    Amen...I'm with you a trillion percent!

  • Alextra Ballard

    If if it sounds tew good tew be true...then it probably is....ain nobidy believeing Koala

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Ghetto Real Name

    She is man.

  • Itzgoingdown2

    Where's your GRAMMAR and HIGH School EDUCATION PLAN? 70-80% of Black kids are trapped in the WORST schools in their city and state! More money for teachers won't solve that.

    Where's your JOB TRAINING/INTERNSHIP & APPRENTICESHIP PLAN? We will not elect an OBAMA 2.0.

  • Logan Roberts

    ? *Alexa play "Promises, Promises" by Naked Eyes.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I see no lies told here .....

  • dblogged

    Liar

  • wigmon68

    She can't even legally do what she is proposing.

  • ALLMINE?

    Nigga shut up. There is no family structure and ratchet culture is on 100.. it takes more than money to fix us..

  • BlackNicheRims
  • indano

    You made me promises promises
    Knowing I'd believe
    Promises promises
    You knew you'd never keep.....Lol

  • smartchickfl

    No.

  • Katherine

    I was speaking of odds; as in placing your bet (or in this case, your vote) on the candidate who has the best chance of winning. The polls rarely lie, so I don't agree when you say we run the same risk with Joe. Biden. According to the current polls, Trump does not at this time have a path in the electoral college (or popular vote) at beating Joe Biden. If you look at the average of all the recent general election polls, they show Biden clearly beating Trump. The others are within the margin of error like Hillary was by election day and she ended up losing. The point is, right now Joe Biden is by far the least risky, but like you said it's up to each individual. I chose to go with the candidate who gives us the best odds/chance at getting rid of Trump because electability is my top priority. Others are free to choose otherwise.

  • SpiceGirl

    To THEM ALL--------------------> Don't talk about it, be about it! Because a pair of lips will say ANYTHING!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I agree!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    They're all proposing these great 'what ifs,' but aren't they all in a position now to at least get these things on the table? I'm not voting for her, btw, IJS.

    SN: Aren't black people already buying houses? There are numerous programs already in place, grants for downpayment assistance and closing costs. So idk what she's building a faux platform on. That sounds like 'I promise you, I'll sell you a car with four tires, round ones.' Uhhhh, thanks???

  • Phillybruh

    He does have a path they point it out every morning on the news. You can ride with these polls if you want too, we should be two years into a Hillary Clinton Presidency based on how these polls can be way off.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I believe it take both sides to complete home ownership but the banks are on the politicians side, which means blacks are barely getting approved and that's even with excellent credit and a high credit score. If they are approved, they have to make sure they arent being mishandled on the loan side.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Wishful thinking. Ain't nobody falling for that okie doke

  • J2PC

    Those job-killers with their outrageous higher taxes & foolish polices in urban Black communities will ensure that most new Black homeowners will once again become a national statistics losing it all to foreclosure.

    Just look at all the blighted, abandoned homes in the likes of Detroit, Baltimore, etc. to see how this will all play out.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Yep

  • WhoKnew

    Don't believe the hype. These po-LIE- ticians will tell you every manner of lies to get your vote. I, for one, am sick of the BS because no sooner than you vote for them they don't know you. Don't wanna hear about your hardships or plights.

  • J2PC

    Promising $25k per new Black homeowner is nothing more than a spin on gov't grants for first-time homebuyers already available. But, Dem liberal politicians think Black people are too stupid to see through that.

  • J2PC

    It's a spin on what's already available: no money down for qualifying first time homebuyers. Yet, buy shouting out that it's worth $25k via votes is suppose to seem like a new giveaway. smh

  • Katherine

    I don't rely on the polls shown on the news because they pick one or more polls that fit their agenda instead of informing people of the average of the polls. I rely on my searches on realclearpolitics.com because along with individual polls, they calculate the average of all of the polls together and that average gives you a reliable indication, within a margin of error. As election day was approaching, Hillary was slipping in the polling averages. She was behind in many states and in many other states, her leads were small and within the margin of error. So, she did not have a path (above the margin of error) and it was clear she would most likely lose based on the rate of her falling averages in the electoral college. As you know she ended up losing the electoral college. On the other hand, for both of Obama's wins, the average of the polls had him with electoral college leads that were higher than the margin of error. So, the polling was right because he won both times. So that's at least three elections in a row where a frequent review of the average polls allowed me to have a good prediction of what would happen. I was young during older presidential elections and didn't really watch polls so I can only vouch for the polls on recent elections.

  • J2PC

    Huge? White folks gain & built on wealth when they were able to buy homes decades ago at a time when there were little to no taxes on personal properties.

    Democrats have skyrocketed taxes & the cost of living along with overpricing the value of homes to generate even more taxes to spin away with little to show for it.

    They are using Black folks for votes with BS freebies that will not come to past on the cost of homes that far exceeds the availability of good paying jobs to keep paying the mortgage. Then, let's throw in the cost of repairs, utilities, maintenance while saving to pay thousands of $$$ in taxes each year. -that is why so many urban Blacks end up in foreclosure like Baltimore & Detroit.

  • Katherine

    Of course anything can happen by election day, there's a lot of politics left to go and whomever gets the nomination could even suffer a so-called November surprise like when Comey made the announcement about Hillary's emails weeks before the election which started her downward spiral. But I choose to go by the information that is currently available to me, which is all I can do, because I want to make an informed choice (as much as possible) that is in line with my bottom line, getting rid of Trump.

  • Trace da Ace

    oh Kamala...we will see...

  • Torres Kim

    Ohhh...you need VOTE-votes!

  • Itzgoingdown2

    Why do I have to be all of that, sister? ????????

    Now, let's look at this critically. The family structure is fvcked. How do you fix that? You damn sure aren't going to fix it with illiterate, broke Black Men and there is no line of men looking to marry Black baby mamas. So, the best and probably only way to start is by better educating and skill training for the young.

  • Katherine

    One more observation, it seems to me that the news outlets are trying to trick democratic voters into thinking they may as well just go with the candidate who they prefer. All of the networks want Trump to win again, even the ones who frequently criticize him, because he gives them the best ratings. He gets the most views because people either hate him or love him so much that they're more likely to keep an eye on him, either way. That's why the networks are being so critical of Biden. I hope democratic voters don't fall for their tricks.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    A promise is comfort to a fool.

  • WhoKnew

    Ole guh up there looking like a 70 y/o woman instead of a 54 y/o.

  • WhoKnew

    Ole guh up there looking like a 70 y/o woman instead of a 54 y/o.

  • We Can Do This

    I have to use this one...

  • devonia

    Me either. There's something about Kamala that doesn't sit right. I can't quite put my finger on it yet.

  • CookieMobster

    Here is my thing, no one is holding you back from being a home owner BUT YOU. If you have not made choices in your life to make sure you could afford a home, nothing fancy, just decent, then that is your own fault. I understand a single mother working at McDonalds may not be able to offered a home on a McDonald's salary. But whose fault is that exactly? Only hers. If people would be wise about there futures, make smart decisions with there money, save that nail and most of that hair money towards a down payment. Don't go to the club, drive a less nice car than you would like, DON'T PUT RIMS ON IT. Then you too may be able to afford the luxury of home ownership. Our 1st home costs us $64,000. I did not really like the way it looked, but it was nice on the inside and very affordable. My house payment at that time was like $630 or something. Fools paying that for rent in a broke down ghetto shack. I'm just saying I am so tired of all this nonsense. And I am glad she was tough on crime, hell here is a crazy idea, don't commit crimes, get a dang job and some business about your self my brothers and sisters and you don't have to worry about her record of sending folks to prison cause you won't be committing crime. I swear folks are so dumb these days. And I am sorry but it is racially biased to say this money will be for blacks only. There are plenty of poor white trailer trash that can't afford to buy homes either. We can't have it both ways when it comes to race.

  • Chulita

    Ridiculous. It’s offensive

  • Eileen

    this women is an obama alone i call her kambama.
    She is not a black american she is red dot and jamaican and the last time I checked neither one of these cultures are thinking two shytes in the wind about black americans!
    That is why I donnot call myself an african-american. I am a black american PERIOD!

  • Eileen

    campaigning is hard on women!
    Remember hilary clinton

  • ALLMINE?

    I can't lol.. all ideas need to be discussed.. there isn't only one answer

  • Jacquelyn Eff

    You should do more research before you make such an uninformed comment. I am a physician and have the ability to buy a home. Having a home that you work extra hard and deprive yourself of common luxuries and having generational wealth where acquiring a home is not even something that you bat an eyelash at because it is expected as part of life is very very different. Read up on red lining. Etc. I don’t really follow the election and all these false promises, however, the idea is a good one and not racist at all. Also, my fiancé is Caucasian. His sister is the vp of HR at a no name mattress company and she owns a 2.5 million dollar house in a superb neighborhood.

  • Janice Collins

    So she missed subprime lending, I'm definitely not voting for her now

  • Li-Wright

    I was just watching VladTV and he had Mathew Knowles and Geo. Wallace on. Both millionaires. Anyway Knowles was telling him how he became a millionaire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FWqvdab4C0

    I didn't know he sold Deleon fashion for $65Million and he and Tina were in business together and made a million a year. This is WITHOUT Beyonce. So they were RICH before Beyonce. Anywho, I look at these politicians like Harris pandering to black people, and I often wonder -- how do the white and Asian people feel about this? She's going to give $100Million in housing breaks to black people, but not to Caucasians and Asians? And then Joe Biden will make LGBT's his FIRST priority. The Dems are shooting themselves in the foot.

  • Li-Wright

    My thoughts too.

  • Li-Wright

    I feel the same. Before you give Black people (ONLY!) that $100Million in housing breaks, make sure that they take classes in real estate and how to handle money.

  • Li-Wright

    So right Lorenzo. Why are you proposing it on the campaign trail and NOT in the Senate where you sit now?

  • Lucky8

    I was rooting for Kamala, but she just blew her chances. White folks dont want to hear this, and she needs some of them.

  • Lucky8

    Thank you very much

  • YellowSauce

    Politicians ????
    Firstly I don't even trust my country to choose a candidate so lets s start there !!! and then work our way down to the politicians ..........
    trump is our president !!!!! HOW THE HELL did THAT happen ????!!!!
    and who is still dumb enough to believe in politicians like unicorns and the tooth fairy ???
    WHO has EVER done what they promised?
    THE TRUTH IS they don't have the power to do ANY of what they promise ...... The Barack presidency should have shown that ..... Congress fights them and they are all republicans .STOP LYING TO YOURSELVES ABOUT POLITICS .... It was created to make us think we have a voice but when have YOUR CONCERNS BEEN HEARD or MET ???? ............ NEVER
    You can't win in a system that was designed to systematize us ........ I'm not being negative I'm really stating facts about our country and its "politics" ................. and why is it that every other country hates us and its not jealousy they really think americans are arrogant disgusting "entitled" What has politics done for us internationally???
    ..............NOTHING
    Politics is BS and good luck with that