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Let’s study ‘harmful and painful legacy’ of slavery and look at reparations, Booker says

Should the U.S. compensate Black Americans for generations of slavery and discrimination? That was the subject of a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Wednesday of a bill introduced by Democrats U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas to form a commission to investigate the history of slavery and the ongoing discrimination against Blacks. “An important step towards addressing systemic racism and white supremacy is to examine the harmful and painful legacy of the institution of slavery,” Booker said.
“More must be done to atone for the harm inflicted upon African Americans for generations due to slavery and institutionalized discriminatory policies. Bringing together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will help right the scales of past harms against African Americans is necessary for us to fully achieve our nation’s strength and possibility.” The idea of such a study drew support from President Joe Biden on Wednesday. “He certainly would support a study of reparations, and we understand that we don’t need a study to take action, right now, on systemic racism,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during her daily briefing. “So he wants to take actions within his own government in the meantime.”.
At the hearing, Kamm Howard, co-chair of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, said such assistance was long overdue. He said that Blacks supported and fought for the Union Army during the Civil war and then last November, “with our overwhelming vote for the Democratic Party, again saved America from white nationalist hatred and destruction.”
“The highest standard of reparations is needed to adequately address over 400 years of atrocities and compounded and concretized injuries that this community endures,” he said. “No quick fix, no singular action or tweak here or there in existing policy will do. America must engage in full reparations.” But Hershel Walker, the star running back who once played for Donald Trump’s New Jersey Generals, rejected the idea. “If you want to help any race, give them an education that helps to incentivize through opportunities with responsibility, which helps generations in the future,” he said. “If reparation is a fee to be paid that correct the offer sins of slave owners by taking from a non-guilty party, it will only create division with the different races, which I feel continue to tell us we are African American rather then just an American.”

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