in the vicinityVideoWhy are some of the top Democrats suddenly embracing reparations for slavery?
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As Democrats, the idea of reparations for black American look at American slavery is, polling shows that the public is far from convinced of the idea.
House Judiciary Democrats on Wednesday a hearing in the Constitution, civil rights and Civil liberties sub-Committee, R. H. 40 — a proposal by rep Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, the establishment of a Commission to study and develop an answer to the question of reparations for slavery.
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But polling suggests that such a Commission, the change would have to also the minds of a significant number of Americans who get for the movement, to support.
A Fox News poll in April found that 60 percent of Americans against cash reparations for the descendants of the slaves, while only 32 percent support it. A Rasmussen poll the same month found that only 21 percent of likely voters think the taxpayers to pay reparations for black Americans who can prove they come from the slaves.
However, a finding that could, in 2020, the Democratic presidential hopefuls in a bind, the Fox poll showed that among Democratic primary voters, 54 percent said they were likely to support a candidate that backed up, while 33 percent said they were not likely to be.
In addition, data For the progress found in a survey last year that while the measure had only 26 percent of Americans in favor, it was net positive support among voters under 45. A point Marist poll in 2016, it is found that while 68 percent of Americans are against reparations, 6 in 10 black Americans said they were in favour.
A number of the 2020 presidential candidates have dabbled in talk of reparations, although they are yet to really dive into the controversial waters — remaining vague about the extent of their plans.
Sr., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., hit The Grio in February that it is also a generic tax credit for families could make under $100,000 — much less controversial proposal. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has gone a step further and said that the native Americans should be in America “part of the conversation.”
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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N. J., who will testify at the hearing on Wednesday, a Senate version of Lee’s bill to study the issue. In his prepared testimony, he says, the United States has yet to recognise the “real and deal with racism and white supremacy, stained the Land, the Foundation and leads to persistent and deep racial differences and inequality.”
The hearing on Wednesday will include statements from activist and actor Danny Glover and author Ta-Nehisi Coates — who wrote an influential 2014 essay on “The case for reparations” for The Atlantic.
According to the legislation discussed in the hearing, the Commission will “examine the extent to which a national apology, and a proposal for the reparations for slavery, subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on the living conditions of the Afro-Americans, to make recommendations to Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”
Such plans would likely be significant opposition from the Republicans. In a press conference on Tuesday, Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that he was opposed to reparations.
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“I think we are always a work in progress, in this country, but no one was currently alive responsible for that, and I don’t think we should try to figure out how to replace it. First of all, it would be pretty hard to figure out, to compensate for who,” he said. “No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea.”
It is also unclear the extent to which the Democratic leaders would support, such as a shock on such a dividing issue at the end. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supported the Commission, but also has described restitution as a “difficult issue.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.