The 87-year-old lawmaker re-introduced updated legislation for the 115th Congress. Now titled The Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, it’s similar to the earlier measure but has been amended to reflect expanded legal and societal discourse about the Transatlantic Slave Trade and reparations.
Dozens of groups ranging from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to the Green Party, have expressed support for the bill.
From Washington Examiner:
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has proposed the bill in each Congress for at least the last two decades.
A description of the bill said the legislation would set up a commission to both examine the possibility of reparations, but also an apology for the “racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans.”
It’s a response to the “fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States.”
Conyers’ new bill wasn’t released as of Wednesday, but the version of the bill proposed last year found that 4 million blacks were enslaved in the U.S. from 1619 to 1865. It said the commission would examine the entire history of slavery, and then make recommendations on whether the U.S. government should apologize for slavery, and whether reparation payments are warranted.
According to recent reports from the Washington Examiner, Rep. John Conyers and the Congressional Black Circus (CBC) have reissued a bill to study reparations for America’s history of slavery. This is standard procedure for Conyers, who has been introducing the measure almost every year for the past couple decades.
Apparently, he thinks the government should tax white people just for being white. Sadly, this is just the latest Democratic attempt to reverse black poverty at the expense of all white Americans—regardless of whom they are or where they came from.
This absolutely outrageous proposal is stuck in the past and, if passed, would be ridiculously punitive to hardworking white Americans. The real solution to poverty is not about government handouts or giving out other people’s money—it depends on teaching those in poverty how to successfully care for their families.
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