1st Congressional Hearing in 12 Years On HR 40 Commission Set For June 19 To Study Reparations

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Written by Ann Brown
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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks as she departs a deposition before the House Judiciary Committee by Peter Strzok, the FBI agent facing criticism following a series of anti-Trump text messages, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

There will finally be a Congressional hearing on Reparations. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will be among those who testify. Coates wrote an often-cited article about reparations, “The Case for Reparations,” in The Atlantic in 2014. Actor and activist Danny Glover will also testify.

This will be the first time since 2007 that the House has heard testimony on the topic of slavery reparations. The hearing will be held on June 19, the day of Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Blacks in America.

“The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is scheduled to hold the hearing…its stated purpose ‘to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice,’” The Huffington Post reported.  

It was back in 1989 that former Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the longtime sponsor of House Resolution 40, first proposed the measure calling for a study of reparations. He reintroduced the bill every session until his resignation in 2017.

The resolution picked up a new sponsor upon Conyers’ resignation, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. She re-introduced it earlier this year and was the one who pushed for upcoming hearing.

Reparations has become a campaign issue for the 2020 Democratic candidates.

Some are upset about the choice of people excited to testify. As some persona tweeted: “Why? H.R.40 is a terribly written bill? Can we get @SandyDarity, @tonetalks and @BreakingBrown to assist in it’s revision please. Yall on the hill playing with black folks lives. This isn’t BET or the Soul Train Awards. http://www.ados101.com  and @NCOBRA40 is no no too.”

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