Andrew Yang May be Out, But Basic Income is In

While it may be the end of Andrew Yang’s political aspirations for now, it is critical to recognize that his signature issue of basic income is here to stay—with a movement and footprint bigger than any one election or politician.

Basic income has deep roots in racial justice movements—counting the National Welfare Rights Organization, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Black Panthers among its historic proponents. Many guaranteed basic income pilots in the U.S. predate Yang’s rise, led by Black politicians and advocates, from Michael Tubbs’s Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration to Aisha Nyandoro’s Magnolia Mother’s Trust.