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Democrats Plan Votes On Slave Reparations Bill

Slavery Reparations Hard Left Turn
Democrat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has informed reporters that Democrats plan to vote on a bill to “look at how we try to compensate for the extraordinary racism and denigration that African Americans have long faced.”

The bill, drafted by Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), would create a commission to look at a "national apology" for slavery and discrimination against African Americans, potentially including compensation, report The Hill’s Sarah Ferris and Caitlin Oprysko.

Jackson Lee’s bill received a hearing yesterday in the House Judiciary Committee — the chamber’s first hearing on reparations in a decade. The bill is expected to soon have a full committee markup, though Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has not yet set a date. A floor vote would come after that reported Ferris and Oprysko.

In an April 11, 2019 press release Rep. Jackson Lee said, “The purpose of H.R. 40 [her reparations bill] is to establish a commission to study and develop: reparation proposals for African Americans as a result of the institution of slavery; the lingering negative effects of the institution of slavery and ensuing discrimination; the manner in which textual and digital instructional resources and technologies are being used to deny the inhumanity of slavery; the role of Northern complicity in the Southern based institution of slavery; and the direct benefits to societal institutions, public and private, including higher education, corporations, religious and associational.  The Commission will also be charged to recommend appropriate ways to educate the American public of the Commission’s findings, and recommend appropriate remedies in consideration of the Commission’s findings and submit to the Congress the results of such examination.”

“It will get a vote if it comes out of committee. I expect it to come out of committee," Hoyer said.

Anne Branigan, writing for theroot.com, noted that, “Juneteenth [June 19th the date of the hearing in the House Judiciary Committee] marks the day slavery was formally abolished in Texas in 1865—more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was delivered. With the abolition of slavery in Texas, the last enslaved black people in the U.S. were finally freed. But the matter of what descendants of those slaves are owed, as well as black people descended from the slave trade at large, has never been resolved, or even studied in earnest by the federal government.”

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an economist and former president of Bennett College, who has studied economic gaps between racial groups, particularly the wealth gap, for nearly 40 years said about reparations, “It’s an idea whose time has come.”

Malveaux said that the wealth gap between black and white Americans hasn’t diminished over the years—in fact, studies show it’s gotten worse. And though Donald Trump’s presidency has helped to galvanize some of these conversations around racial equity, she added that the work around studying reparations has been done for many years through organizations like the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations (NCOBRA).

According to a Tweet by @Phil_Lewis_ Dr. Malveaux elaborated this concept during her testimony on H.R. 40, arguing "When zip code determines what kind of school you go to. When zip code determines what kind of food you can eat. These are the vestiges of enslavement that people don't want to deal with."

Ms. Ferris and Ms. Oprysko report support for considering reparations has also quickly gained support in the 2020 Democratic primary field, with contenders like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) expressing their interest in Jackson Lee’s plan. It’s a stark shift from previous presidential campaigns where Barack Obama opposed reparations.

During yesterday’s hearing Sen. Cory Booker said in a panel that the U.S. needs to address "persistent inequalities" experienced by African Americans by discussing reparations, reported Grace Segers of CBS News.

Ms. Segers reports Booker said that the nation has "yet to truly acknowledge and grapple with the racism and white supremacy that tainted this country's founding and continues to cause persistent and deep racial disparities and inequality. These disparities don't just harm black communities, they harm all communities."

While a long parade of Far-Left writers, academics and would be presidential candidates came to Wednesday’s hearing to support reparations, not all Democrats, or even all African Americans at the hearing, spoke in favor of the plan.

Quillette writer Coleman Hughes called the bill to study slave reparations as a “moral and political mistake.”

In remarks posted by Wayne Dupree on waynedupree.com Mr. Hughes, a self-acknowledged Democrat, was quoted as saying:

Black people don’t need another apology. We need safer neighborhoods and better schools. We need a less punitive criminal justice system. We need affordable health care. And none of these things can be achieved through reparations for slavery.

Reparations by definition are only given to victims, so the moment you give me reparations, you’ve made me into a victim without my consent. Not just that, you’ve made 1/3 of black Americans who poll against reparations into victims without their consent, and black Americans have fought too long for the right to define themselves to be spoken for in such a condescending manner.

The question is not what America owes me by virtue of my ancestry, the question is what all Americans owe each other by virtue of being citizens of the same nation and the obligation of citizenship is not transactional. It’s not contingent on ancestry. It never expires, and it can’t be paid off. For all these reasons, bill HR 40 is a moral and political mistake.

Mr. Dupree also came out against reparations, posting, “I have never supported reparations because I have never been a slave or have felt the result of my ancestors being slaves. When I look back on my life, my decisions determine my future and my path. I know that there is a group within black America that feels that they cannot get any further in life because of what happened over 200 years ago.”

Despite the intellectually honest and incisive testimony of witnesses, such as Coleman Hughes, Wednesday’s hearing before Democrat Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee, was not really intended to be a refined and honest investigation into the idea of slave reparations – it was Far Left political theater, as the reaction to Republican Rep. Mike Johnson’s (LA-4) quotation from President Barack Obama demonstrated.

“Barack Obama opposed reparations when he ran for president in 2008, and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders did, as well, eight years later,” Johnson said, according to reporting by Tom Tillison of bizpacreview.com.

“In addition to all this, here in the Judiciary Committee, we have an obligation to acknowledge that any monetary reparations that might be recommended by the commission created by HR 40 would almost certainly be unconstitutional on their face,” Johnson said.

The room erupted in boos.

With Democratic presidential candidates Booker, Warren and Harris now out in favor of reparations it will be interesting to see how long it takes the other Democratic candidates to jump on board the reparations bandwagon, particularly as states with large African American populations loom on the Democratic primary calendar.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Representative (the toll-free Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044), tell your Representative you agree with Barack Obama, slave reparations are unconstitutional on their face, and demand that your Representative vote NO on H.R. 40 or any other slave reparations bill that comes before the House.

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Buying the Black Vote

This is nothing but an attempt by Democrats to get the black voting block back under their shield. The fact is, the Democrats, if they want to compensate descendants of slaves, should fund it out of DNC coffers. The KKK, separate but equal, Jim Crow, military and civil service segregation, and a host of other atrocities were the workings of Democrats. My forebears were never slave owners nor did they discriminate against black people or any other ethnic minorities. Why should I have to fund the program that gives money to people who weren't even alive during the slave years, and many who weren't even alive before the civil rights laws were enacted? Democrats are experts when it comes to spending someone else's money or even manufacturing the money out of thin air.

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I just wasted a great deal of time reading all the demented thought by the liberal lefties and it very much reminded me of the stuff I had to scrape off my boots when I came in from feeding my livestock this morning. What a collection of kooks. They must actually believe that the black electorate must be stupid enough to not see this BS is only designed to suck them into voting democrat.

Democrats Plan Votes On Slave Reparations Bill

"Malveaux said that the wealth gap between black and white Americans hasn’t diminished over the years—in fact, studies show it’s gotten worse."

Question; what is the wage gap between Black Americans and the average person in West Africa? Seems to me the current African Americans have actually profited by having ancestors who were slaves; it got them out of those hell-holes their ancestors inhabited. Nobody is saying slavery was some sort of benefit, but clearly black Americans are doing better than their African cousins. Oh, and does anyone remember George Obama, Barack's half brother who was living in the equivalent of a cardboard box in Kenya? He would have been better served to have been born here, slavery or no.

Everything is blamed on slavery by the victocrats in the black community, but how much is a result of slavery and how much is a result of clinging to a culture that has failed them? Black culture is a blend of the stone-age values of the ancestors of modern blacks mixed a veneer of Western civilization and an unhealthy dose of victimology and dependency. They embrace the Democrats as an article of faith, a religious belief that is at odds with empirical data and their own interests. So many black people blindly obey the slavemasters in the social welfare state and the Democratic Party.

I have to ask; why are Asians doing so much better than African Americans? Asians weren't slaves, but they were just barely a step above, yet they do very well.

Victimhood is like alcoholism; denial is the first and most noticeable symptom. The African American community will never find what they claim to be looking for as long as they blame others for their fate. Did they get a raw deal in the past? Sure, but every ethnic group did as some point. The Irish weren't exactly welcomed with open arms. And that is true in all countries through all history. The Romans held slaves; lots of them. Should Italy be paying reparations?

For decades the Federal Government practiced what was called "race norming" in it's hiring practices. They denied they did it until just about fifteen years ago or so; they knew it would be very unpopular. But hiring was done on the basis of how one scored on the civil service exams, yet far more blacks were employed than whites, which made no sense as blacks generally score more poorly on written exams. There was discrimination against whites as a form of reparations. Also, the entire welfare state - the Great Society - was aimed at the black community. In short, we've already had reparations. I wouldn't mind giving them if that would mean the end of things; no more race norming, no more affirmative action, no more whining. But this will only accelerate the pro-black discrimination, not give us a race-neutral country.

Of course, the logistics of reparations are daunting, and they would be inherently unfair. Who pays? Will children of Bosnian immigrants who came here during the war with Serbia have to pay? They had nothing to do with slavery, nor did many white people whose family immigrated after the Civil War. And America has never held the sins of the father against the son. Who receives the benefits? Somali immigrants? They never experienced slavery. This is nothing but a way to enshrine discrimination and reverse racism.

I have a modest proposal; perhaps we should focus our attention a bit more precisely. Since the Democratic Party supported slavery (the Republicans were founded as an anti-slavery party0 and since they supported Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan, maybe the reparations should only come from registered Democrats? Just asking.

Send em Back

I have a better idea......Send all the ones who want reparations back to Africa with an illegal under each arm...Now that's a bill that most of us could support.

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Yeah things are so good in countries in Africa, so many more opportunities than in America, but the real plus for blacks is they would be the majority, they wouldn't have to deal with whitey. I wonder how many of these anti-America understand that it was their own people that sold them as slaves, many were traded for Rum. Oh never mind that little bit of truth is racism.

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"A Racial Program For The Twentieth Century" a book written by Israel Cohen, a Communist in 1923 the plan in this book is to destroy American white men using minorities especially blacks and Hispanics is coming together like a well drawn up blue print is to building a city. The disinformation specialists such as the liars at Snopes claim this book is a hoax, sure it's a hoax, if you believe in coincidences that defy mathematical odds against them being coincidences, possibly the author used a fictitious name. BLM and the Fascist fools calling themselves Antifascists are the latest two organizations growing bigger with money from the old Nazi, George Soros. Why is this evil man allowed to fund hate groups that can terrorize any white person and get away with it, can you imagine any group of white men doing this to blacks, they would immediately be arrested along with the man that sponsored them, Soros gets away with it because of his money and is doing the bidding of others behind the scenes called the "Deep State" that want America destroyed. Reparations sure, the Communist is desperate for votes.