While Democrats are contemplating the idea of compensating black Americans for slavery, polls indicate that the public is by no means convinced of this idea. Subcommittee on HR 40 – Proposal Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Calif., One Commission to investigate and prepare a response to the question of reparation for slavery.
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Surveys suggest that such a commission would have to change the mindset of a significant number of Americans to gain support.
A poll by Fox News in April found that 60 percent of Americans refuse to pay descendants of slaves money, while only 32 percent support it. A Rasmussen poll in the same month found that only 21
In addition, Data For Progress was polled last year, which was endorsed by only 26 percent of Americans and found positive net support among voters under 45. A poll by Point-Taken Marist in 2016 found that 68 percent of Americans rejected reparations, and 6 out of 10 black Americans said they were in favor.
A number of presidential candidates from 2020 have delved into the discussion about reparation, although they have not really immersed themselves in the controversial waters.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Suggested The Grio in February to provide a generic tax credit for families under $ 100,000 – a much less controversial proposal. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Went one step further, saying that Native Americans should be "part of the conversation."
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Sen. Cory Booker, DN.J., who will testify at the hearing on Wednesday, has submitted a Senate version of Lee's bill to the issue to investigate. In his prepared testimony he says that the US "has not really acknowledged and addressed the racism and the white supremacy which has stained the founding of this country and continued to cause persistent and profound racial disparities and inequalities".
Testimony of activist and actor Danny Glover and author Ta-Nehisi Coates – who wrote an influential essay on "The Case for Reparations" for the Atlantic in 2014.
According to the laws discussed in the hearing, the Commission would "study and make a national apology and a proposal for compensation for the establishment of slavery, the ensuing de jure and de facto racist and economic discrimination against African Americans and the impact of these forces on living Consider African Americans to make recommendations to Congress for appropriate remedies and for other purposes.
Such plans would likely encounter considerable Republican opposition. At a press conference, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told R-Ky. That he was against reparations.
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"I think we're always working in this country, but no one who was alive was responsible for that, and I do not think we should try to compensate for that, first of all it would be quite difficult figure out who to compensate for. "he said. "No, I do not think reparations are a good idea."
It is also unclear to what extent democratic leaders would advocate such an advance on such a divisive theme. House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi supported the commission but described reparations as a "challenging issue".
The Associated Press contributed to this report.