Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who was worth at least three million in 2015, told reporters that the federal government should conduct a study of reparations for descendants of slaves to be able to determine the best way to “repair some of the damage” caused by slavery.
The legislation wants to “address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”
Appropriate remedies? Many people ask what sort of recompense can be called for centuries after the fact especially given the current government handouts already in place.
“It’s a commission to study the issue of what was the economic impact of the work of slaves and how does it translate in the 21st century. And what we want to do is to build a narrative, a story of the facts and out of that be able to access how we repair some of the damage,” Jackson Lee said during a recent interview.
Building a narrative seems to be one of the democrats’ main goals.
“When you look at urban blight, when you look at schools in inner cities and rural communities that are not at the level of excellence that they should be, when you look at support for [historically black colleges and universities], all of that will be part of understanding that whole journey and that whole economic journey,” she added.
“And it is interesting that these magnificent buildings were built by slaves, obviously with no compensation. That is not what we are asking for; this bill is to have a commission to hear from people all over the nation.”
Which buildings is she referring to? How would such “descendants’ be identified?
Jackson Lee called the reparations legislation “a beginning process and an educational process for the nation in a non-controversial manner, and not in a manner of pitting one group of people against another.”
She added, “Danny Glover has been a strong supporter of H.R. 40 and we would love to have him as a witness providing his point of view – that’s why this is such a great initiative and legislation.”
Because, of course, an actor’s opinions mean so much.
Logical people ask why this is an issue? Is Jackson Lee looking to score political points? Since Democrats are the party of slavery, it seems quite ridiculous to be making such claims now… perhaps democrats should be the ones to actually pay reparations?