Sunday, February 21, 2021

House Dems Push Slavery Reparations Bill Despite Strong Public Opposition and High Price Tag; White House Says Biden Supports Study of Slavery Reparations, and related stories

House Democrats push slavery reparations bill despite strong public opposition and high price tag:
A slavery reparations proposal, which faces overwhelming public opposition and could cost more than $12 trillion, is picking up support in the Democratic-majority House.
Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on Wednesday held a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing about H.R. 40, “The “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act.”
The reparations commission would study the history of slavery, the role that federal and state governments played in supporting slavery, and racial discrimination against the descendants of enslaved Africans. The commission would make recommendations regarding “any form of apology” or compensation.
The proposal doesn't include a price tag, but most estimates suggest it would be well into the trillions of dollars. A 2020 study by William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke University, and his wife, Kirsten Mullen, “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century,” noted it would cost between $10 trillion and $12 trillion. --->READ MORE HERE
White House says Biden supports study of slavery reparations:
President Joe Biden supports a study on whether descendants of enslaved people in the United States should receive reparations, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday, as the issue was being debated on Capitol Hill.
Psaki told reporters that Biden “continues to demonstrate his commitment to take comprehensive action to address the systemic racism that persists today.”
Reparations have been used in other circumstances to offset large moral and economic debts - paid to Japanese Americans interned during World War Two, to families of Holocaust survivors and to Blacks in post-apartheid South Africa.
But the United States has never made much headway in discussions of whether or how to compensate African Americans for more than 200 years of slavery and help make up for racial inequality. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Democrats push reparations bill for Black Americans

Burgess Owens, Black GOP congressman, blasts reparations hearing as 'unfair and heartless'

Herschel Walker tells Congress Black Americans shouldn’t get reparations

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