Congress Mulling ‘Slavery Reparations’ — Hearing Scheduled


Actor Danny Glover is set to team up with Author Ta-Nehisi Coates for an appearance on Capitol Hill this Wednesday.

The inflammatory subject of “reparations” will be the focal point of House Judiciary Committee hearings.

The subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will be examining, “the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.โ€

One of the reasons Coates will be taking the stand is to present findings from her book, “The Case for Reparations.”

Texas Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee introduced a bill early this year “to study the impact of slavery and continuing discrimination against African-Americans, resulting directly and indirectly from slavery to segregation to the desegregation process and the present day.”

The committee is in charge of advancing that legislation and is also expected to “make recommendations concerning any form of apology and compensation to begin the long delayed process of atonement for slavery.”

According to Jackson Lee:

โ€œThis legislation is intended to examine the institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies.”

After kicking the subject around since the bill was introduced, liberal democrat proponents, “have made substantial progress in elevating the discussion of reparations and reparatory justice at the national level,” Jackson Lee adds.

Barack Obama’s election as president didn’t count, the representative insists. Despite “the election of the first American President of African descent, the legacy of slavery lingers heavily in this nation.”

“The call for reparations represents a commitment to entering a constructive dialog on the role of slavery and racism in shaping present-day conditions in our community and American society.โ€

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is all for the outrageous idea, stating:

“[a reparations committee] is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country.”

Booker thinks paying a lump sum to black citizens will “right the economic scales of past harms.”

Opponents say nobody alive today was harmed by slavery, Nobody alive today owned any slaves, and the best thing we can do for our African-American community is to provide proper education and access to meaningful employment.

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