Cory Booker Introduces Reparations Commission Bill

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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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4 comments

  • shelle

    After viewing the Reconstruction special on PBS by Henry Gates this country owes us reparations and more…

    • Kibibi Monie'

      Mr. Booker are you in contact with Dr. Claud Anderson ? I believe it would be beneficial to do so. He has a wealth of facts and information about the fight, history and legacy of the struggle. His studies and efforts to get what’s due the Black People who are owed compensation to repair the damage done to us here in America are in-depth. I hope you two can hook-up.
      Sincerely, Kibibi Monie’ (Seattle Washington)

  • chalfar

    The time for reparations is long overdue. We as a nation must finally face the truth of our history and take the necessary steps to be a country for everyone, no exceptions. There is no other way to go forward.

  • Jeanette Millard

    Long long overdue. Truth and reconciliation would, I hope, be part of the process, to at least *try* to help my white colleagues understand how we are still benefitting from the legacy of slavery.

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