Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions conference in Washington, April 10, 2019. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas).
Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced on April 8 that he would introduce a reparations commission bill in the Senate.
Booker became the first Democratic presidential candidate to make a concrete commitment to reparations, a hot button issue ahead of the 2020 presidential election. In a statement, Booker said many of the domestic policies that pushed millions of Americans into the middle class had “systematically excluded Blacks.”
“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. “This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country.”
Booker’s bill is a companion to HR40, a bill originally introduced by former Representative John…
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