If the Democratic Party wins back the House in 2018, reparations, financial compensation to African Americans as an apology for the sin of slavery, could be on the table.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has reinvented herself as a leading member of the resistance over the past year despite being ranked as one of the most corrupt members of Congress, claimed she would fight for them, during a recent speech.
A town hall attendee asked Waters about reparations.
“The global reparations movement is advancing mightily on the planet,” he explained, citing efforts in the Caribbean and in Europe. But, in the U.S., the only champion had been former Congressman John Conyers, who resigned earlier this year in a sex scandal.
The individual asked Waters if she would take up the fight.
“Now that Congressman Conyers is no longer there, we need someone to stand up and push this legislation forward,” he explained. “You have historically been a supporter of this legislation, and we ask that you co-sponsor now, and not only co-sponsor but become an active co-sponsor.”
“I’ll be happy to do that,” Waters said, to cheers from the crowd. “That’s no problem. That’s no problem. Let me tell you this: in order to get where we need to go [on reparations], we’ve really got to understand that 2018 is important to taking back the House and the Senate.”
“If we want to get to the point where we can get reparations, we’ve got to have the power to do that,” she said. “Number one, by having a supportive President, would be wonderful. But taking back the House would be absolutely wonderful.”
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