Testifying Wednesday before a House subcommittee on reparations for slavery, 2020 White Houe hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said that the United States has thus far failed to adequately address the “white supremacy that tainted this country’s founding.”
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is holding a hearing on subcommittee member Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-TX) H.R. 40 bill to establish a commission to study reparations. The panel invited Booker, Hollywood actor and left-wing activist Danny Glover, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others to discuss Lee’s measure that was re-introduced in January. In April, the New Jersey Democrat introduced his own version to the Senate.
Booker, who testified first, said the U.S has “yet to truly acknowledge and grapple with the racism and white supremacy that tainted this country’s founding and continues to cause persistent and deep racial disparities and inequality.”
"The stain of slavery was not just inked in bloodshed, but in policies that have disadvantaged African Americans for generations,” he added.
Following Booker was Glover, who declared that establishing a national policy on reparations for descendants of enslaved Africans is a “moral, democratic, and economic imperative.”
“A national reparations policy is a moral, democratic, and economic imperative,” he told lawmakers, before detailing his lineage as a descendant of former slaves. “I sit here as a great-grandson of a former slave, Mary Brown, who was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1st, 1863. I had the fortune of meeting her as a small child.”
“Despite much progress over the last centuries, this hearing is yet another important step in the long and heroic struggle of African-Americans to cure the damages inflicted by enslavement, post-emancipation and forced racial exclusionary policies,” he added.'
Read more: Cory Booker on Reparations: U.S. ‘Yet to Truly Acknowledge… White Supremacy That Tainted This Country’s Founding’
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