The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
US Congress to study slavery reparations
AMERICA’S Congress will consider a bill this week that will examine how they could pay reparations to descendants of enslaved people, which could open the door for a potential vote on an issue that has gained momentum in recent years.
On April 14, the House Judiciary Committee will hold the first-ever mark-up – the process by which committees debate and amend legislation – on a bill that creates a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for black people.
The bill was first introduced more than 30 years ago but never advanced.
It addresses the period of slavery and discrimination in the United States from 1619 to the present day, and will propose remedies including payments.
“The historic markup of HR 40 is intended to continue a national conversation about how to confront the brutal mistreatment of
African Americans during chattel slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and the enduring structural racism that remains endemic to our society today,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said.
President Joe Biden has repeatedly addressed the need to end systemic racism, and the White House has expressed support for the commission, as has the American Civil Liberties Union.