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Lawmakers have been trying to pass reparation bills for descendants of slaves. Here’s why it’s taken so long – and how it might work.

USA TODAY

The claim: Kamala Harris said she’ll place a federal tax on homes to pay for reparations

Since she was chosen, misinformation about Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris has spread online. One social media post claims Harris’ views on reparations for slavery will lead to a new tax. 

“GET READY TO PAY A FEDERAL TAX ON YOUR HOME FOR REPARATIONS!!, YES!!, KAMALA HARRIS SAID THAT!!” the Facebook post reads. 

The post’s creator did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment. 

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Harris didn’t say that, but she does support reparations in some form

In this context, “reparation” refers to the compensation to descendants of American slaves. The idea of