While the question of reparations has always been sidelined by most prominent presidential candidates, including Barack Obama, a growing number of Democrats running for the 2020 nomination have begun to endorse a reparations program, at least in theory, to help address the lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow.
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates reignited the debate with his article, "The Case for Reparations", in 2014, bringing the concept of paying current African Americans for what their ancestors experienced back to the forefront.
"I think we're always a work in progress in this country, but no-one now alive was responsible for that". "No, I don't think reparations are a good idea", McConnell said. One is Hughes, the young columnist who has rejected reparations and affirmative action. He added that slavery "happened 150 years ago".
Stewart goes in sarcastic and throws out a turtle joke ("just a little red meat for the base"), but the seriousness of the issue is clear.
In an interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday", Stewart said of his testimony in Washington, D.C., "It's a very emotional issue".
Booker, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, called on the country to engage in an active discussion about slavery and its implications on injustices rampant in the United States to this day - from the disparities in education to the violence that plagues many black communities.
Reparations have often been interpreted as direct financial payments to black Americans.
"It is tragic, but it is real that we've seen an uptick in racial incidences - white supremacy, white nationalism", Jackson Lee said this week. Abibat Rahman-Davies, 20, from Southern California, said she was waiting more than two hours. The panel unanimously supported the bill later last week.
Additionally, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said: 'As we honor 400 years of African American history, may we reflect on the resilience and cultural contributions of the African American community.
The American public, however, might not be sold on the idea of reparations.
Republicans invited Hughes and also Burgess Owens, a former Oakland Raiders football player and Super Bowl champion, who recently wrote a Wall Street Journal editorial eschewing reparations.
A resolution to study reparations was first proposed in 1989 by Conyers of MI, who put it forward year after year.
The hearing coincides with the holiday of Juneteenth, which was established to commemorate the 1865 abolition of slavery in Texas.
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