Late Wednesday night the House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill to study the issue of awarding reparations to the descendants of American slaves. The bill seeks to create a 13 person commission “to study the legacy of American slavery, racist laws and how they affected formerly enslaved people and their descendants.” The legislation advises the commission to consider a “national apology” and recommend “appropriate remedies to Congress. During the late-night vote, 25 Democrats supported advancing the bill, and 17 Republicans opposed it.
According to Gazettextra:
“The goal of this historical commission and its investigations is to bring American society to the new reckoning with how our past affects the current conditions of African Americans and to make America a better place to help and truly study the disadvantage,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who introduced the current version of the bill in January.
The renewed debate over reparations comes amid a national reckoning over racial injustice, as Americans watch the proceedings in a white former police officer’s trial in George Floyd’s death and learn details of the case of another young Black man shot and killed by an officer in the Minneapolis area. It also comes as Black Americans continue to struggle disproportionately amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jackson Lee has said the measure could help “confront the stark societal disparities occurring in the African American community today,” and during the bill’s markup hearing, she referenced a study that found reparations would help address the health inequities that have persisted throughout the pandemic.
Polling has shown broad resistance in the general public to awarding reparations to people descended from slaves. A Reuters/Ipsos poll in June found that although Americans are increasingly becoming conscious of inequality in the U.S., only 1 in 5 respondents said the United States should use “taxpayer money to pay damages to the descendants of American slaves.”
Similar bills have been introduced to Congress before but have never gained much support. In 1989, the late Rep. John Conyers introduced a similar measure to create a committee to study the topic of reparations but the bill never moved forward.
Representative Burgess Owens (R-Utah) who is black, responded to the bill describing reparations as a “falsehood.”
“Slavery was and still is evil,” said Owens, who is Black. But reparations suggest “Black people are a hapless, hopeless race who never did anything but wait for white people to show up and help us,” he added.
I kind of agree that reparations be paid to black families but it should be paid by the racist Democrat Party. They are the party of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow etc.The democrats in California are multi-millionaires and billionaires and also in New York. At least half their wealth should be taken away for redistribution. The DNC is a criminal organization.
We’ve been paying reparations to blacks since 1964, with LBJ’s “great society” legislation. When is that going to stop? Now you want to add to that???? 70% of welfare has gone to inner city blacks while they make up 14% of the population.
I heard that, contrary to the praise dumped on him by the Left, LBJ was in fact a SEGREGATIONIST! In fact, he said a word that, had it been someone on the Right, he/she wouldn’t be able to live it down even if he/she was repentant of his/her actions.
They were the SLAVE ONWNERS! The ROOT of GOP freed them!
As there are many thousands of members of today’s black community who have no slaves in their heritage, and as there were numerous blacks who actually owned slaves, themselves, let it be resolved that merely being “black” is not sufficient qualification to receive reparations and let it be further resolved that presentation of documented proof of descendancy from at least one proven slave must be required in order to qualify an applicant for receipt of a reparations payment.
Maybe for the children of the last slaves. These would still be over ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD! Anyone after that get over yourselves. Your not special.
Slaver ended 156+ years ago! Do you know of anyone over 150 years old that was a slave back then?! I don’t think so, NO I know there’s not!! Owens is right, if the blacks would have studied in school and not tried to knock up every girl, and make money selling drugs, they could be where Owens and others are! And I’m not talking about the poverty pimps and race-baiters out making money as the mouthpiece for Marxists promoters!
Yes, there were slaves & many were not treated right. That was a long time ago. They have their freedom now and a choice to make something of their lives. Do not see why they expect special treatment now. They can have a better life if they get a job & work for it.
Old Joe had already been a Senator for 20 some years. Didn’t he say he had been there 180 years?
I believe in reparations and am convinced each recipient should receive a million dollars — a dollar a year for a million years.
Would you prefer to offer them the option of a lump sum payoff of 37 cents?
That is a more reasonable amount
How about us Indians, Italians, Irish, English, French, and the rest of the world who came here to make a better living. We were all persecuted for being Christians and what the royals considered the lowest of the pickle barrel! We persevered. Do we get reparation? No we do not have a mentality of wanting financial recognition for being left behind. What we did is went to work everyday and used our minds to join the progress. The same that Martin Luther King did. He didn’t want a free ride he knew or thought that with equality they would come to the top once they could get an equal chance!
1) black slavery started when Africa’s own kings sold their people first to other tribes then to Europeans & middle easterners ,
2) America fought and ended black slavery within it’s own borders as democrats not only founded the KKK but fought to keep black slavery and MANY WHITES DIED ending black slavery,
3) The First Legal Slave Owner in America was a Black Man named Anthony Johnson who was captured in his native Angola by an enemy tribe and sold to Arab (Muslim) slave traders. He was eventually sold as an indentured servant to a merchant working for the Virginia Company in 1621, he earned his freedom after several years, and was granted land by the colony
4) the word slavery is not indicative to ONLY BLACKS as MANY ethnicities & religions have been slaves throughout history Irish, whites, Christians, & Jews suffered the MOST as millions were tortured and murdered during the Jewish genocide when they were slaves so weak minded self made victims need to just GET OVER IT
5) NO ONE TODAY has owned a black slave or has been a black slave in America for decades and if blacks and liberals TRULY CARE about this issue how about addressing the black slavery STILL HAPPENING in Africa, middle east and other countries instead of America where it’s NOT HAPPENING?
6) the “black slavery victim privilege” card is no longer valid… so liberals and “self victimized” blacks need to GET OVER IT or keep themselves a slave to their own weak & racist mind
7) It was REPUBLICANS that fought to end slavery while democrats fought to keep slavery sparking America’s civil war…
A lot of white people lost heir lives fighting to end slavery also.
Thanks for making your statement! You spelled it out clearly. If we pay reparations, then we need to include all the white men and women sacrificing their families and themselves to “FREE” the slaves before the Civil War. Let’s move forward to make this a better place for our children and family. Reparations in money form does “NO” good! Get over it!
Now as a SLAVE TO THE LEFTIST TAXING POLICIES FOR THE LAST 75 YEARS….
I too, want REPARATIONS For ALL THE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES THEY HAVE DESTROYED SINCE 1900!
I DEMAND Reparations for the hundreds of BILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS that have been waster trying to get them out of the inner cities and into livable places.
I DEMAND REPARATIONS for all the LIVES LOST at their hands because ‘that’s our culture’.
I DEMAND REPARATIONS for the DESTRUCTION of massive sections of OUR CULTURE to ‘make them feel wanted.’
I DEMAND REPARATIONS for the care and feeding of wasted animals kept in prisons when they should have been taken 300 miles out to sea and dropped overboard!
and I DEMAND REPARATIONS FROM THE POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS AND POLITICALLY APPOINTED JUDGES THAT GAVE THEM SPECIAL TREATMENT all because they have a genetic make up that gives them an excuse to feel sorry for themselves!
This is total BS!
This bill would be Stupidity on steroids; How about those that FOUGHT to free the slaves and lost their lives?
How about those citizens who never owned slaves, who were not even in the country when slavery existed?
Yep, it is an idiot wrapped up in morons. America owes its citizens nothing. Politicians seem to think we owe the gov’t, (maybe a fair income tax) but my country owes me nothing or anyone else. It gives you the opportunity to be successful, the pursuit of happiness, equal justice under the law, and freedom of speech,press, expression, assembly, a little extra is in the BOR’s. All america owes its people is respect their constitution, and not be violated.
As I have never owned a slave. Why should I pay anyone who has never been a slave? Recent facts have disclosed that over 50% of the slaves working in the south in the 1960’s and before were there voluntarily.
It’s going to be very difficult determining exactly who may be entitled to reparations and who would not.
This is just another attempt for the Socialist/Democrats to buy themselves votes. Would Latino Americans have to contribute to those payments?
Let’s give them the reparations. But they have to agree to get off section 8, welfare, food stamps, free medical, etc….
Welfare is their “reparations”.
Sheila Jackson Lee is a type of what’s wrong with America. What standards could be created to sort out the descendants of slaves? Sock it to the white/brown/red/asian/other black Americans . This is a racist idea that would be a powder keg in race relations. This could trigger a new civil war!
I call her Sheila “Jackass” Lee. She is a political hack from the Fifth Ward of Houston.
Ridiculous, these leaches have been granted way too many favors simply because they are black and look what America got for it, Riots, Lootings, Burnings and cries for more, more, more
Come on…. Nothing screams unity and equality of the races more then taking from some and giving it to others because of their skin color..
If anyone deserves anything it would be the American Indians whom lost all from the people when they took there land and way of life away from them!!!!!!
Our family lost 11 members in the 1860s “CIVIL WAR” over slavery. My family is white. It is only EQUITABLE and fair that IF any appropriations are paid out for black slaves are also paid to my family. My family had the ULTIMATE LOSS of 11 beautiful lives fighting to abolish slavery.
I DEMAND ELEVEN (11) EQUAL SHARES OF ANY PAYOUTS FROM THIS FOR OUR FAMILY’S HUGE LOSS.
Im not book learned much, why would I pay for something I ain’t done, to people who ain’t had it done to em? Don’t make no sense at all.
Black Americans (they are not African-Americans unless they just came from Africa) need to shut the hell up about “reparations”. None of them – NOT ONE was alive when slavery happened and NOT ONE of them were slaves. So we owe them NOTHING!
This is just a way of a bunch of lazy people wanting the Government to give them MORE money than the Government already does so they can lie around and complain about how bad they have it. How about going out, getting jobs and making something of yourselves?
BTW – There were WHITE slaves, too (although they usually called them “indentured servants”). Do THEY get reparations, too?
And for those who are uninformed, only about 1/4 of Southerners owned slaves….and a lot of Northerners owned them, too. Oh, and blacks owned slaves, also….
But none of this really matters, right? As long as we give money to people who don’t deserve it so we can be “woke”.
I disagree with any raparation to the blacks, in general they were kidnapped by their own tribal chiefs and sold to slavers, at the time we had a rule of sorts that allowed indentured servitude ” work out your passage, fares, debts, by serving the payer for a period of time” and was a legal, respected, way for entering the USA, there was plenty of takers, but voluntary, the difference is that most were sold into slavery, much like the mexican cartels do today. The civil war was against the states rights to have and own slaves, The north says no and produced the “Emancipation of the slaves” called emancipation proclamation. Trouble is the democrat south(actually an aristocracy) perceived the claim as an actual king like issuance of a kingly order. and rejected it. Approximately 600,000 soldiers of the south was wonded and killed, Approximately 438,000 northern troops were killed or maimed. I think this issue has been paid in blood, mostly by whites to resolve the issue, I consider the debt paid.. No reparations are due.
I don’t have much book learning,Why should I pay for fo something I ain’t done, to people who ain’t had it done to em?? Don’t make any sense nohow.
I don’t have much book learning, why should I pay for something I ain’t done, to fellers who ain’t had it done to em? Don’t make no sense nohow
Call it what it is: Vote buying ! Over 700,000 Northerners died defeating the Southern Democrats and their slavery. But the Democrat plantation owners never relinquished their control. They just perfected new ways to keep and use it. Reparations for the DESCENDANTS of slaves is just a buyoff. Who would pass up free money ? All it takes is a check in a little box on a ballot.
Reparations to descendants of slaves should be paid BY the descendants of the slave owners. Democrats ! No slaves were ‘owned’ by Northern Republicans! And they paid with lives in a terrible war.
Reparations should really be paid the the descendants of those who suffered, and died, freeing slaves.
I don’t have much book learning, why should I pay for something I ain’t done to fellers who ain’t had it done to em? Don’t make no sense nohow
Assume they are paid for their BS. Who and how does this country pay for it. We are miles deep in debt, the money is worthless because they keep printing it and soon will only be good for toilet paper. Since Commie Joe Panty Sniffer has declared “Private Property is Racist”. Are democraps are going to seize it and send the blacks to your house to tell you hand over your keys and walk away to make them “Equal”. (IN their DREAMS)
All “White” Everything is a mental “GUILT TRIP” to make you feel like kissing ass to the blacks and want to make up for your imagined wrongs that you did to them. TOTAL BULL SH*T! I never did anything to any of them or my family. SO FU*K OFF, I DON”T OWE YOU ANYTHING! This total CRAP , PAY BACK ALL THE WELFARE, Free Schooling, JOB TRAINING, and all the other FREE STUFF you got then we can talk about money for Slavery that YOU WERE NOT A SLAVE. ASS-U-ME YOU GET IT? THEN WHAT, NOT ENOUGH? ON GOING FOREVER or WHAT? I have no problem with honest, working, black people who stay out of trouble and make their own way. Race Baiters (AL SHARPTON, Jessie Jackson, Most blacks in congress Thugs and some others that are the problem. They will always screwing black people out of their money and always keeping them stirred up for more “Free Stuff”. Wait until South American moves here and cuts you out in all the Free stuff lines. You will be like the Native Americans in a few years and hope for the “Good Old DAYS” when you thought it was so bad. The Latinos will take over your Hoods for gang areas and you leave or die. The Democraps are using you and about to destroy you. GOOD LUCK?
90% of tax payers families weren’t here before the great migration. LETS CHARGE JACKSON LEE AND HER BRAINDEAD FOLLOWERS FOR THE COST OF THEIR FREEDOM!
Sure just print more money for ‘bling drugs & ho’s’ that how ya become a ‘turd-world, banana-republic…
We can pretty much count on Sheila Jackson Lee and Maxine Waters, et.al. , making this an annual
payment. They will put a new line on our tax forms right after FICA.
Remember what Clinton said: “We know how to spend their money better than they do”.
The Liberal Socialist Democrats have reached the point where they now consider it to be ‘THEIR
MONEY’ and proceed from that point.
Thank God I’m not ‘woke’ because it rhymes with ‘insanity’.
Reparations are an insult to Rev. King and all the millions of successful Blacks who made something
of themselves despite all the drum beaters screaming ‘racism’ as an excuse !
These Blacks have earned respect, and by God, I will gladly give them mine !
Like most Government legislation, it is designed to take from Hard Working average Americans and give it to undeserving lazy louts who think they deserve another handout. We can not expect anything good from this current administration. They will not be satisfied until none of us have anything left and we are all dependent on Big Brother.
I wonder why those radical blacks such BLM, Maxine Waters (in visible minority) etc., do everything possible to be hated by the rest of the population. Could I get the answer Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Schumer or Mr. Biden (so called Mr. president)? Sorry but I do see more of black, then white supremacy.
Someone just published a children’s picture book about Obama. Apparently it has lots of drawings and is over a 120 pages long. It will also make a lot of Republicans and Trump supporters happy as it’s called “The Really Gay Adventures of Bathhouse Barry…….The Early Years…”
Where was your butts when blood was shed to form this country your ancestors were sold by their own people to this country of which I am sure would’ve been unable to survive if they hadn’t they were fed clothed and housed for their work and I am sure some owners were not good people but you are asking for money for what you weren’t there and you would merit off the blood and dignity of your ancestors says a lot about you which is not much the first slave owner was black so what’s up with that you are racist dead butts wanting an easy ride get off your butts and do something with your life there are no color in hard work and ambition and being a true American🇺🇸❤️🙏
REPARATIONS? I don’t know any current SLAVES! DO YOU? AFRICAN AMERICAN? SO THEY ALL HAVE DUEL! CITIZENSHIP? I WANT TO SEE PROOF! YOU ARE RELATED TO A SLAVE! ITS ONLY FAIR TO PROVE FOR PAYMENT!
How far back are we going to go with this reparations nonsense????? Because then I want money for my ancestors who may or may NOT have been thrown to the lions for being Christian.
I’m Black and I don’t approve of anything the “ethnic Left”(as I call them) is doing. In fact, if some of these idiots knew me well enough, I would be DESPISED by them. I will marry gals that are not “ethnic”; I listen to more “non-Black” music than R & B, I’m Catholic(in fact, little can get Black people mad like knowing a Black person is Catholic, and there’s a lady who goes to my church I like that happens to be White, so the Black Supremacists will REALLY hate me), and I LOVE hockey(in fact, I’m a big Los Angeles Kings fan), and I, needless to say, DISAPPROVE of this reparations mess.
i cannot believe this bill can be forced on taxpayers. none of the blacks have ever been slaves. non of the whites living today have ever owned slaves. we are being forced to pay for something that hasn’t even been relevant in our lifetime. this tis totally racist and by the way yeah i find most of the racist crap flowing is coming form blacks. so what happens 10 years down the road . we have repartitions again?
this is total bull$hit. i am offended that Americans would even think of such $hit
Any former slave alive today may get reparations. Other than that no. You are just giving taxpayer’s money to people who don’t deserve it.
This is total crap. It’s just Democrats trying to buy future votes, Democrat party should be outlawed they are all just crooks!
Well we also need to give reparations to the WHITE Descendants of every white person from the non slavery North that fought or died in the Civil War in order to end Slavery! And ALL of the welfare paid to Blacks over the years should be paid back as well!
They’ve been getting “reparations “ for 60 + years paid for by OUR TAX $$$ -these are aka EBT cards , free medical aka Medicaid , Subsidized housing, free education, free school lunches, and a BIGGY- Welfare checks, free or almost free medications. So with that being said— I don’t owe them a damn cent. I’ve had to WORK ( most of my life) FOR WHAT I HAVE – and I haven’t asked the government for nothing.
Democrat party has to have racism and social unrest in order to flourish. This is just more evil from them. Responsible black people should run from them. Conservatives are largely not racist, and especially conservative Christians. The democrat party is evil.
So when are they going to pay for reparations to the Japanese-Americans who were held in concentration camps by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt here in the US? They were stripped of all property and possessions until after the war when they were freed. None of their property was given back or replaced! That was in the mid 1940’s unlike slavery which was over 100 years prior to that. Decendants and some who were directly affected are still alive!
This has to stop! Native Americans deserve things not people whose ancestors were slaves! Like Muhammad Ali said “ask for a hand up not a hand out!” Tax payers are paying out too much for these acts.
Whar about the irish slaves.
They could send them all back to Africa..,but even the Africans don’t want these lazy, shiftless, no-account…entitled ‘n-words’ back…and, that’s a fact!
Reperations should be paid by the families in Africa that sold their own families into slavery & the Portuguese that transported & sold them, not the hapless people who most likely had nothing to do with the past sins of others simply because they are white.
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