‘Uncomfortable truth’: The new push for a slavery reparations commission in Congress

Chron – Washington Post

Weeks after Democrats took control of Congress and the White House, a Black lawmaker is making a renewed push for a national commission to examine the impact of slavery and reparations for descendants of millions of enslaved Africans.

Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, D-Texas, announced the reintroduction of H.R. 40 to create the reparations commission last month, and next week the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is set to hear testimony on the bill.

H.R. 40 has a long history in the House, championed for decades by the late Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and now by Lee.

The reparations commission would study the history of slavery, the role federal and state governments played in supporting slavery and racial discrimination against the descendants of enslaved Africans.

“Economic issues are the root cause for many critical issues impacting the African American community today,” Lee said.

The commission would make recommendations regarding “any form of apology,” compensation and atonement for slavery, Lee said. “Truth and reconciliation about the ‘original sin of American slavery’ is necessary to light the way to the beloved community we all seek. The uncomfortable truth is that the United States owes its position as the most powerful nation in the world to its slave-owning past.”

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2 thoughts on “‘Uncomfortable truth’: The new push for a slavery reparations commission in Congress

  1. And what about the WHITE slaves as well and lets not forget there where BLACK slaves owners as well. True history has not been taught the jews ran the slave trade and blame whites to keep up the divide and conquer

  2. If I read the definition of slave correctly

    Than every human has been enslaved , or is currently enslaved by some one or some government

    Taxation is slavery , period
    And that’s just the tip of that ice burg

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