Democrats of the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held their first hearing on reparations for slavery over Zoom Wednesday to discuss H.R. 40.
Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who’s spearheading the effort to pass H.R. 40 which aims to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery.’
Jackson Lee argued her case by pandering to the black community with images, holding up pictures of a beaten slave and lynched black Americans.
before placing these repugnant pictures in the Congressional record, Jackson Lee shrieked:
‘This was our life, the back of a beaten slave. This was our life in to the 20th century, hangings of African-Americans, men and women. This was our life, when we were in public display, brutalized,’
Democrats brought in academics, civil rights leaders and California’s new secretary of state, Shirley Weber, as witnesses, to discuss why H.R. 40 should be passed.
Despite the Democrats doing nothing since the resolution to study reparations was first introduced by the now late Rep. John Conyers in 1989.
Attempting to suck up to the resurrected Black Lives Matter movement, Sheila Jackson Lee, and the Democrats are now looking to greenlight a commission to study the issue.
A number of Democratic witnesses argued that the term ‘reparations’ stands for more than just financial hand-outs.
UCLA law professor Tendayi Achiume, who advises the United Nations testified:
“Popular conceptions of reparations are often fairly narrow, focusing only on financial compensation. But by contrast the international system places emphasis on a more comprehensive approach, according which financial compensation may certainly be necessary, but not sufficient.
Other required measures may include transforming the political, economic and social institutions and mechanisms for disclosing truth and restoring dignity for those subject to racial subordination, resulting from legacies of enslavesment.”
Some witnesses pointed out that reparations have been given out by the government before.
Kathy Masaoka, co-chair of the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, spoke of the reparations given to interned Japanese Americans, and also noted that the commission hearings – which H.R. 40 would green light for African-American reparations – helped the healing process in the community.
North Carolina Democratic Rep. Deborah Ross spoke about how her state has come up with reparations for forced sterilization by the government:
‘I don’t believe that this particular resolution prescribes a way of going forward, but it’s a conversation about what we need to do.
And just as we did in North Carolina, when we passed a bill compensating people for forced sterilization, a terrible, terrible chapter in our history.’
In 2013, North Carolina became the first state in the nation to pass legislation to create a state fund to compensate the living victims of the state-run forced sterilization program. In 2014, more than 200 North Carolina victims were awarded their first compensation payment of approximately $20,000 each.
Arguing Against Reparations for Slavery
While North Carolina Democratic Rep. Deborah Ross spoke about her state’s reparations she conveniently overlooked the keyword of the bill “Victim“.
As many know they’re no victims of America’s horrific slavery of blacks that are still alive today.
Walker mainly argued about the impracticality of the Democrats reparations policy
‘How many African-Americans was alive today that was in slavery? Which is none.
So I go to some of the older people for experience and I remember my mom mentioning, how could we pay for your great, great, great grandfather being burned to death?
Or how could we pay for your great, great uncle being hung?
And I understand that those pictures are horrible, but right now, I think the fact finding is going to be very difficult to go back over history when history is not even taught in school on what we’re trying to in fact find.”
Walker also asked:
‘Where would the money from from? Does it come from all the other races except the black taxpayers? Who is black?
What percentage of black must you be to receive reparations? Do you go to 23andMe or a DNA test to determine the percentage of blackness?’
Elder agued that systemic racism is not the main problem.
“Obviously there are black people who are poor, the extend of which the poverty is a result of slavery and Jim Crow is tenuous at best.
The larger factor behind black povery is the absense of fathers in the home.”
Elder also called reparations for slavery the ‘greatest generational transfers of wealth back and forth, because virtually every people on the face of the earth was involved in slavery.’
Rep. Burgess Owens, a freshman Republican from Utah, used the venue to rightfully place blame on the Democrats for most of the U.S.’s sordid racial history.
“It has not been an American problem, it has been pretty specific. When you think about where slavery began, where segregation, where Jim Crow, it’s always the Democratic Party,’
Earlier we mentioned 40 acres and a mule, that was ended by a Democratic president, Andrew Johnson, we talked about the KKK, that was a Democratic terrorist organization that actually was ended, at the end of the 1880s, but brought back again by Woodrow Wilson in 1915.”
Owens called reparations ‘impractical and a non-starter’ and said it was ‘unfair and heartless to give black Americans the hope that this is a reality.’
Unhinged freshman Democratic Rep. Cori Bush who became the most recent member added to the AOC’s simpleminded socialist ‘Squad’ spoke of her family’s experience with racism:
“My family was denied the promise, denied the promise of 40 acres and a mule in the aftermath of the Civil War and the start of reconstruction,’
My story is the story of a great grandfather who served this country in World War I and a grandfather who served this country in World War II, only to be discarded by their government as they suffered through trauma and the wounds of war.
When white soldiers came back from fighting abroad, they were given housing preferences and education subsidies.”
Bush claimed that her grandfathers were denied benefiting from those GI bills and New Deal subsidies.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said after the Judiciary subcommitte hearing that President Joe Biden was supportive of studying reparations, as the resolution called for.
She also added that Biden has no plans to create the commission by executive order.
Joe Biden not even willing to sign an EO to create a committee to study reparations just proves how comical the Democrats’ latest attempt to pander to the black community is.