Closing Thought–26Jun19 (Happy Birthday To Me)……

We are having a debate about the possibility of reparations for savagery of slavery…..this debate in Congress was a big thing in the media…..for a couple of weeks and then it died down as the Dem debates came around.

The hearings in Congress on the reparations thingy…..

The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade, with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel next Wednesday. The hearing’s 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 June 19 date of the hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties coincides with Juneteenth, a cultural holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved blacks in America, per the AP. Ex-Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the longtime sponsor of House Resolution 40, first proposed the measure calling for a study of reparations in 1989. Conyers reintroduced the bill every session until his resignation in 2017.

Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the resolution’s new sponsor, introduced it earlier this year and pushed for the hearing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in February she supports a reparations study, a topic that hasn’t been the subject of a House hearing since 2007. Reparations had been a fringe issue until Coates’ 2014 essay in the Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” thrust the topic back into the national discourse. Lethal Weapon star Glover has spoken in favor of the issue for years. The reparations debate became part of the 2020 presidential race early, as several Democratic primary candidates signaled their support for compensating slaves’ descendants, though not in a traditional sense of direct payouts to black Americans. Most have been vague on specifics, offering policies addressing economic inequality that could disproportionately benefit blacks .

Now reparations are not the focal point of this post just a little background…..what I want to show is just how out of damn touch the GOP truly has become……and to do that all I need is for the Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell to open his mouth…..

When asked about reparations for slavery on the eve of a House hearing on the issue, McConnell said reparations “for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible,” were not a good idea. Besides, he suggested acts, such as electing Barack Obama president, could be considered a form of compensation.

“We tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a Civil War, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, elected an African American president,” McConnell said. “I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate.”

(USA Today)

If you have nothing intelligent to say or to add then throw Obama into the conversation…..(pathetic political BS)……

Do I need to add anything?

That was probably the most moronic statement uttered by a GOP leader.

9 thoughts on “Reparations?

    1. Surely reparations can take the form of funded scholarships, funding of decent lawyers when poor African Americans are indicted on charges that may result in the death penalty (so many innocents languish on death row are black). Maybe a properly funded national commision that investigates each & every shooting of black males by local police forces – surely these cavilier incidents are hang over of black lives not mattering from the slave days.

  1. Reparations should not consist of handing out cash. Rather, legislation is needed so that certain zip codes are not red-lined by insurance companies, particularly for auto insurance. I’ve experienced living where the end of my block was a different zip code and insurance rates were significantly lower. If purported car theft is up in certain areas, that’s the fault of local police and not residents.

    Real estate appraisals are another area that functions in discrimination. Too often, appraisals are reduced to what homeowners owe in mortgages because houses are not being placed on the market and there are no comparisons for appraisals.

    Since the 60’s, grocery stores and health clinics have moved further and further away from areas that are mainly minority. Some hospitals that have clinics receive federal grants, but they use them to open another facility in suburban areas. They are more likely to say that insurance in poorer areas is high, so that is another area that needs to be corrected so that minorities won’t have to spend an hour or more getting to a decent grocery store or for medical attention.

    I suppose what I’ve trying to say is that instead of reparations, give African Americans a level and equal playing field. Paying twice as much for vehicle and homeowner’s insurance is money they can use to better their lives and the lives of their children.

      1. The problem with the ERA is that it is under the EEOC and/or other agencies and they do not handle consumer complaints of discrimination. Most state attorney generals handle consumer complaints, but they only have state jurisdiction. Right now, I am angry at insurance companies increasing auto rates on senior citizens on the basis that more are having accidents. I’ve not had one accident or moving violation in my life but am paying for the accidents of others.

        I can see a “reparation” that court orders insurance companies to reimburse consumers who have been discriminated against due to age or zip code. I can also see a “reparation” that values property individually. I can “see” many things but still don’t have the answers. But giving money won’t help when companies, such as insurance companies are allowed to increase rates because of age and/or zip code. It will go out of the hands of recipients, to big businesses.

      2. I think that reparations should be paid in the form of scholarships and I supported the ERA back in the 70s and tried to help it pass my state but it never did…..I was surprised that the number of lawyers that were against it…..I guess if it passed would mean less lawsuits for them to profit off of….I appreciate your time….chuq

      3. Re:”I was surprised that the number of lawyers that were against it…”

        They probably all practice in divorce and family law. I can see a gender equality amendment to the constitution wreck havoc in state legal separation, divorce and family laws. It can be a complete turn-around in issues such as child support, child custody, and alimony.

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