Comments from two US Senators – a Democrat and a Republican – seemed to illustrate on Tuesday how far the two parties are from the proposal for reparation for the descendents of American slaves. It is expected that Sen. Cory Booker, DN.J., one of the three African-Americans in the US Senate, argued on Wednesday that the nation is not completely concerned with "the racism and the white supremacy that stems the founding of the nation." , argues. As he noted in his planned appearance on Wednesday in front of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives.
"As a nation, we must first acknowledge the racism and the white supremacy that have affected the founding of this country and continue to provoke persistent and profound racist struggles, and to deal with inequalities and inequalities," said Booker that CBS News received. "These disparities not only harm black communities, but all communities."
BETO O'ROURKE SAYS WHITE AMERICANS DO NOT KNOW THE WHOLE STORY OF SLAVERY, SUPPORT THE REPARATIONS.
"As a nation, we still have to truly recognize and deal with the racism and white supremacy that has stained the founding of this country."
But during a press briefing on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told R-Ky. He said he was not seeking redress.
"I do not think reparation has been made for something that happened to nobody 150 years ago. It's a good idea that we're living responsibly right now," McConnell said. "We have tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by waging a civil war and passing groundbreaking civil rights laws." We have chosen reparations for something that happened 150 years ago and for that none of us is currently responsible, not for a good idea. "
McConnell continued, "I think we are always in work in this country, but no one living is accountable for it, and I do not think we should try to compensate for that, first of all it would be quite difficult No, I do not think reparations are a good idea. "
At the hearing on Wednesday, Booker, who has focused on the topic In his 2020 presidential campaign take actor Danny Glover and the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates – both are outspoken advocates of reparations.
At the center of the Subcommittee on Justice of the House of Representatives on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties stands the hearing It will be a bill from Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas who proposes to set up a commission for the study and recommendation of repair proposals. 19659002] Booker introduced a Senate version of Jackson Lee's compensation bill earlier this year. Similar to Jackson's legislation, Booker's proposal, involving 12 co-sponsors, would constitute a commission but not mention payments. It is the only law of the Senate dealing with reparations in the aftermath of reconstruction.
The issue of division has gained importance in recent months as a crowded list of Democratic candidates outbid each other for the limelight. Several candidates have used their support to varying degrees for reparations – a significant shift from past electoral cycles. However, little has been made about the implementation of such a proposal so far.