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JUNETEENTH ACTION! Crowds Are Currently Swarming The Capitol While Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cory Booker Go AWF About Slave Reparations At Hearing

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The Reparations bill has been re-upped yearly for decades.  This year, though, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee had backup as she reintroduces H.R. 40, a bill.

 

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, actor Danny Glover and Presidential hopeful Cory Booker went all the way in about why Congress is playing games about giving us our reparations, and crowds are forming too.

It's Juneteenth, the day we celebrate to recognize the estimated time the last slaves in Texas learned they were free.  So it's only appropriate Congresswoman from Texas, Sheila Jackson Lee, reintroduces the oddly controversial reparations bill and brings the troops with her for back up.

 

Former Rep. John Conyers first introduced reparations H.R. 40 legislation in 1989 aimed at creating a commission to "make recommendations concerning any form of apology and compensation to begin the long-delayed process of atonement for slavery."  It's been brought up every ession since.   This year, the troops were called in - from authors to actors to 1 Presidential hopeful.

Today, at a hearing on Capitol Hill for the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, famed author Ta-Nehisi Coats got everybody - namely Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (and he had receipts!) - all the way together.  He dropped knowledge about why African American descendants of slaves still deserve their 40 acres and a mule, despite modern Republicans and others believing blacks are owed nothing.

 

Kleptocracy.  Speak king!

 

 

Good ol Mitch's response? He says reparations are needed for blacks since immigrants aren't "given" anything when they come here either. While support for the measure has gained momentum among several 2020 candidates, the Senate's most prominent Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, voiced blunt opposition to the idea of reparations on Tuesday.

"I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea," McConnell told reporters at a press conference. "We've tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a Civil War, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, by electing an African American president."

He said that another issue is that it would be hard to "figure out" whom to compensate.

"We've had waves of immigrants, as well, who have come to this country and experienced dramatic discrimination of one kind or another," he said. "So, no, I don't think reparations are a good idea."

We see he still doesn't know (or acts like he doesn't) the difference between SLAVERY and VOLUNTARILY coming to America on one's own accord on one's own time while also not being constitutionally categorized as a fraction of a human. Immigrants are also rarely affected by longstanding institutional racism in equal ways as natural born citizen black Americans. There are plenty of immigrants who no one would even know was an immigrant unless it was said, so they wouldn't experience this "dramatic discrimination" Mitch is talking about.

McConnell also says he opposes reparations for descendants of slaves because no one "currently alive was responsible for that." This argument is extremely weak, seeing that multiple disenfranchised groups receive reparations to this day- including Native Americans. And no one currently alive was responsible for Columbus'ing America either.

The double standards and outright unfairness are staggering.  Reparations are seemingly only seen as "handouts" when talking about reparations for blacks.

At the hearing, Sen. Cory Booker also took the stand to make it known he's pro-reparations. The 2020 Presidential candidate said:

"I feel a sense of anger where we are in the United States of America, where we have not yet had conversations about a lot of the root causes of the inequities, and the pain and the hurt manifested in economic disparities. Manifested in health disparities. Manifested in disparities a criminal justice system that is indeed a form of a new Jim Crow."

He continued, "we as a nation have not yet acknowledged and grappled with racism and white supremacy that has tainted this country's founding and continues to persist in those deep racial disparities and inequalities today."

Another 2020 candidate who's been talking about reparations since 1997 is spiritual leader Marianne Williamson, who told ABC News Monday, "The whole idea of reparations, to me, has been an extension of a moral principle."

Williamson added: "The reason I feel strongly about reparations is because there is an inherent mea culpa, there's an inherent acknowledgment, that a wrong that has been done."

A word.

Actor Danny Glover spoke his piece as well:

Meanwhile, Capitol Hill saw tons of reparations advocates making their stance known.

"Why should the federal government bear responsibility for economic and social damages to the descendants of the enslaved?" "I think the most obvious reason is because the federal government is complicit in it." - Coates

Period.

Lots of people have taken to the halls of the Capitol in support: You can watch the hearing in full below:

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