Senator Booker Introduces Bill to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans

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On Wednesday, April 10th, Senator Cory Booker introduced a bill in the United States Senate to form a commission to study reparation proposals for African-Americans.

The aim of the commission is to study the "impact of slavery and continuing discrimination against African-Americans and will make recommendations on reparation proposals for the descendants of slaves."

“Since slavery in this country, we have had overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African-Americans economically for generations,” Booker said. “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. This 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.”

The bill will study and consider a national apology and propose 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 read the bill click here.


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