MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton joined Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) on Sunday to criticize cashless venues, arguing that it is “discriminating against an array of marginalized groups.”
“Whether it is for sanitary reasons or tech-savvy ones, the physical elimination of legal currency for consumer transactions is discriminating against an array of marginalized groups,” Sharpton said before welcoming Payne, who has introduced legislation to block stores from banning cash transactions.
The pair argued that one of the main issues with cashless venues is that approximately 55 million Americans are either unbanked or underbanked. Sharpton specifically referenced a 2019 survey that found that the unbanked or underbanked households were “lower income, less educated households of color, specifically Black and Hispanic.”