The issue of slavery replacement for black Americans was the subject of a fiery and emotional rally, which heard Wednesday, when Democrats called for action to counter America's original sin – while the republicans described such payments as "injustice" and "almost completely unconstitutional . "
The Subcommittee on Civil Liberties and Civil Liberties held the hearing on HR 40 – a bill of the Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, to set up a commission to study and develop an answer to the question of replacement for slavery.
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"The role of the federal government in supporting slavery's institution and subsequent discrimination against blacks is an injustice that must be formally recognized and treated," Jackson-Lee said.
"I Just Ask: Why Not And Why Not Now?" She said.
Sen. Cory Booker, DN.J., who runs to President and has introduced a version of Jackson-Lee's bill in the Senate, said it was wrong to present the question when an American writes a check for another and called on Legislators to deal with what he said is still racism in America.
Referring to racial differences in issues such as health and education, he said that America has a criminal justice system "it's actually a kind of new Jim Crow."
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"And then, as a nation, we have not yet really recognized and taken with racism and white supremacy that have destroyed this country's foundation and continue to continue in the deep race differences and inequalities today, "he said.
Meanwhile, the Republicans recognized the horrors of slavery, but said that compensation was not the way forward. Congressman Mike Johnson, R-La., Was booed and chopped under his remarks.
"To set aside the injustice of monetary substitutions from current taxpayers for the sinners of a small subset of many generations of Americans ago, the fair distribution of compensation would be almost impossible when considering the complexity of the American struggle for to abolish slavery, "he said.
He quoted a former NAACP assistant director to call substitutions "an illogical derivative and creepy path to offending whites" and was booed to say that such measures would "almost certainly be unconstitutional on their face."
His remarks echo those from the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Who said Tuesday, he did not agree with compensation plans.
"I think we are always a work in progress in this country, but nobody alive was responsible for it, and I don't think we should try to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be pretty hard to find out who should compensate, "he said. "No, I don't think replacement is a good idea."
At another time at the hearing, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert the Democrats for having racists in the decades ago, adding: "It is important that we know our history and we do not punish people for the sins of their predecessors in the democratic party." At that time, someone in the audience shouted: "You Lieutenant. "
Activist and actor Danny Glover testified at the hearing, like the author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who wrote an influential 2014 essay on the subject and criticized McConnell by name in Wednesday's hearing. He said America paid pensions to civil war veterans of this century and still honors hundred-year treaties "
" Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are alone and individually responsible for, but we are US citizens and thus bound to a collective company that extends beyond our individual and personal reach, "he said. 19659005] But Quilette writer Coleman Hughes said that while he believed the failure to pay compensation directly to liberated slaves after the civil war being "one of the greatest injustices ever committed by the US government," he asked, "our desire to correct the past compromises our ability to correct the present. "
" Black people do not need another excuse, we need safer neighborhoods and better schools, we need a smaller criminal justice system, we need affordable health care, and none of these can be achieved with repairs for slavery, "he said to some angry from the spectators.
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" If we were to pay compensation today, We only divide land, making it harder to build the political coalitions needed to solve the problems facing black people today. "
When he finished his testimony, rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Said that booers should" chill "and, but seemed to show their own irr, he knew the witness was" presumably, but he still had the right to speak. "
Meanwhile, former NFL player and conservative writer Burgess Owens pointed to the Democratic Party as historically responsible for injustice against black Americans, from slavery to the Ku Klux Klan to literacy for black Americans in democratic states and Cities. who feel guilty because of their white skin must also pony up – in this way we can pass this replacement and recognize that this country has given us greatness, "he said.
Meanwhile, whether repairs should consider Yes, there were little details on what form such a package would take. Democrats brushed the idea that such a payment would be a direct monetary payment.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., said "the most serious repair models proposed so far have focused on restorative community-based programs for employment, healthcare, housing and education initiatives – fair errors that cannot be determined by control alone."  This echoes suggestions from the top 2020 democrats who have been vague about the form that the damages would take. Late. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Suggested to Grio in February that it could include a generic tax credit for families under $ 100,000 – a much less controversial proposal.
CLICK HERE TO GET FOX NEWS APP  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Meanwhile, has gone one step further and said that Indians must be "part of the conversation."
The warning of specific cash payments from Democrats reflects a resistance to such public action. at-large. The New York Times quoted estimates from experts who said that replacement policies could cost several billion dollars.
A Fox News poll in April showed that 60 percent of Americans oppose paying cash damages to offspring of slaves, while only 32 percent support it. But the study also found that among the democratic primary voters, 54 percent said they would probably support a candidate who supported compensation, while 33 percent said they would probably not.