Cory Booker Introduces Slavery Reparations Bill in the Senate
Senator Cory Booker introduced a bill that would study the possibility of giving reparations to the descendants of slaves. Booker, a Democratic candidate for President, filed the bill Tuesday. According to Fox News, it would provide for a commission to study and report on the impact of slavery and discrimination against black Americans and would also deliver a verdict on different proposals for offering reparations.
Booker’s bill mirrors the one offered in the House of Representatives. Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee introduced a bill in which was first introduced by Rep. John Conyers in 1989.
Booker said the bill, “is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed.”
Booker also said that “Since slavery in this country, we have had overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African-Americans economically for generations.” He continued, “Many of our bedrock domestic policies that have ushered millions of Americans into the middle class have systematically excluded blacks through practices like GI Bill discrimination and redlining.”
According to the Washington Post, “Redlining” refers to maps drawn by government surveyors of neighborhoods in the 1930s. The color-coded maps
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