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Comments from two U.S. senators-a Democrat and the other Republican — appeared to demonstrate Tuesday how far the two parties on the proposal of reparations for the descendants of American slaves.
U.S. sen Cory Booker, D-N. J., one of three African-Americans in the U.S. Senate, is expected to argue Wednesday that the nation to get fully to grips with the “racism and white superiority that tainted” the founding of a nation, prepared remarks for his scheduled Thursday appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.
“As a nation, we have yet to really acknowledge and deal with racism and white supremacy, stained the Land, the Foundation and leads to persistent and deep racial differences and inequality,” Booker’s remarks – CBS News – allegedly say. “These differences not only harm communities of the black population, they harm all the communities.”
BETO O’ROURKE SAYS THAT THE White AMERICANS KNOW THE WHOLE HISTORY OF SLAVERY, CONTINUES to SUPPORT REPARATIONS
“As a nation, we have yet to really acknowledge and deal with racism and white supremacy, stained grounds of this country.”
— U.S. sen. Cory Booker, D-N. J.
Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker speaks during the Iowa Democratic party’s Hall of Fame Celebration, Sunday, 9. June 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Associated Press)
But on Tuesday, during a press conference, Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he was in favor of reparations.
“I don’t think it is reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for none of us are currently living, be responsible, be a good idea,” McConnell said. “We have tried our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by the landmark civil rights legislation. We, the election of an African-American President.”
“I don’t think it is reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for none of us are currently living, be responsible, be a good idea.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Associated Press)
McConnell continues: “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. … No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea.”
On Wednesday, Booker listens, who has the topic become a focus of his 2020 presidential campaign, the actor Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates – the for years, outspoken advocate for the reparation.
In the center of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties ” hearing on a bill written by rep Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, is proposing the establishment of a Commission for the examination and recommendation of proposals for reparation.
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Booker introduced a Senate version of the Jackson Lee reparations bill earlier this year. Similar to the Jackson legislation, Booker ‘ s proposal, which has 12 co-sponsors, would create a Commission, but makes no mention of payments. It is the only legislation in the Senate to address reparations in the post-Reconstruction era.
The divisive issue has traction gained in recent months as a crowded list of Democratic rivals each other to outbid for the spot. Several candidates have your support thrown behind the redress, though to a varying extent – a significant return periods turn out last legislature. Some, however, would be in the details of how this proposal is implemented.