Jackson Lee Reintroduces Bill for a Commission to Explore Reparations for Black Americans Over Slavery

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week to consider a bill to form a commission to explore the consequences of slavery and for reparations for Black Americans.

Late Michigan Representative John Conyers first introduced H.R. 40, also known as the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act.

The proposed bill was recently reintroduced by Texas Democrat Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.

The Milwaukee Community Journal reports:

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The commission’s mission includes identifying the role of federal and state governments in supporting the institution of slavery, forms of discrimination in public and private sectors against freed slaves and their descendants, and lingering adverse effects of slavery on living African Americans and society.

Jackson Lee commented on social media.

Representative Burgess Owens (R-UT), a member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, blasted the need for reparations.

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports:

“It is impractical and a nonstarter for the United States government to pay reparations,” he said. “It is also unfair and heartless to give Black Americans the hope that this is a reality.”

Owens also commented on social media.

Former professional NFL running back Herschel Walker testified against reparations and raised several questions, including, “Reparations, where does the money come from?,” and “What percentage of black must you be to receive reparations?”

Walker also said, “My religion teaches togetherness. Reparations teaches separation.”

Talk radio show host Larry Elder also testified against reparations.

The New York Post reports:

Elder told the hearing that blacks should be regarded as a “race of overcomers” and that historical poverty data indicate strides toward equality.

The bill to explore slavery and reparations for Black Americans promoted by Jackson Lee is more race card politics by Democrats designed to divide our country along racial lines.