Democrats Pushing Reparations for Black Americans – DC Watchdog

Democrats Pushing Reparations for Black Americans

House Democrats pushed forward a reparations plan for Black Americans on Wednesday despite tepid support from President Biden and stiff opposition from Republicans,” according to the conservative Washington Times.

As a first step to making the country pay for past racism, Democrats want to establish a commission to examine slavery and discrimination dating back to 1619 and recommend appropriate remedies.

“Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who authored the reparations bill known as H.R. 40, said no level of opposition would discourage the quest.

“‘We believe in determination, and we believe in overcoming the many bad balls that we have been thrown; we’ve caught them, and we’ve kept on going. That is not the point of H.R. 40,’ the Texas Democrat said at a hearing on the bill. ‘Now more than ever, the facts and circumstances facing our nation demonstrate the importance of H.R. 40 and the necessity of placing our nation on the path to reparative justice.’

“The push for reparations, which could include financial compensation and education initiatives to make amends for past injustices to Black Americans, presents a major test for President Biden’s allegiance to racial-justice activists.

For more on this story, go to The Washington Times.

Please share your opinion in the comment section. Should the United States pay reparations to Black Americans? Should Americans who had nothing to do with slavery or discrimination have to pay taxes that would fund reparations? Why or why not? 

26 Comments

  1. Ron Dreer says:

    Why can’t these people just accept all the freebies they already get. For the most part most white people don’t get the same things. As far as I’m concearned the taxpayor does not owe a thing to these people.

    • Bubba Goat says:

      Careful sir. Not sure any people got any freebies. They all learned that the only way to get it is to steal it, kill those that have it or design laws and policies that prohibit these people from getting it. But you know that right. Shouldn’t need to point that out to you 🙁

  2. Holly Rose says:

    While we are at it how about reparations for the Japanese incarcerated during WWII?

    • John says:

      How about reparations for whites when they were slaves before the blacks were? The only reason blacks were slaves is because their own people sold them out for profit.

    • Bubba Goat says:

      Didn’t the Japanese get an official apology from congress and special loans and sections of land, since we stole or (re-appropriated)the land they had. And forced them into labor camps to build the railroad(s) and tunnels until they realized the Slaves were stronger physically. So they / we swapped one set of forced labor for another… But I digress, that isn’t really what you wanted to learn about right?

  3. FLATTOP says:

    If Senator Lee thinks that. The only reparations I’m willing to pay is a one way ticket to “Africa”.
    So she can enjoy the good life.

    • FLATTOP says:

      My mistake Congresswoman.

      • Bubba Goat says:

        Actually certain parts of the African continent are really nice. That is why the Belgian’s, Dutch, French and German flocked to the Nation to steal the diamonds and gold. But you knew that, you’ve just never visited.

  4. CAROLINE GANN says:

    ~~THIS IS SUCH AN OLD TIRESOME ARGUMENT~~
    Rep. Jackson Lee’s case is so ridiculously without merit! First of all, when Lincoln freed the slaves those men were paid their reparations in the way of land! They were each given land so they could become voters because only landowners were allowed to vote!
    Black women had no more or no less importance than white women, neither were allowed to own land or vote! So the argument in favor of reparations due to former slaves is dead in the water!
    The freed slaves received their reparations for their servitude!

    Fast forward to segregation… It is true that there was a lot of segregation that took place especially in the south but what is not realized is that segregation did not and does not force poverty, or a way of life on anyone! Segregated children were not refused educations, (and in fact, they had opportunities to attend pre-established black universities for higher education even before slavery was abolished!) Nor were segregated adults refused employment or an opportunity to be entrepreneurs! Both of which saw great growth with the end of segregation!

    With desegregation came many racially geared benefits afforded to blacks that exempted whites. such as low-interest business loans, and first-time buyer home loans, academic scholarship programs, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (which BTW received a 10-year federal funding grant from Trump before he left office) and on the subject of “Historically Black” would this not be an oxymoron to the racism argument? Historical means a length of time extending backward!

    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2016 there were 102 HBCUs in the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The first HBCUs were established in the 1830s, more than two decades before slavery was abolished in the U.S. (another argument against Jackson’s case for reparations) Black student enrollment at HBCUs has declined since1980, due in part to factors like desegregation, improved access to financial aid, and higher salaries among African Americans.
    (all good things!)

    Additionally, HBCUs are not held to any discrimination rules when refusing to admit non-black students. Neither are any of the 100s of agencies, and organizations, and non-profits specifically serving the black community!

    This would contradict any argument that blacks were blocked from education and higher learning opportunities! Another strike against Jackson’s claims of harm done to Black Americans!

    We must not forget to mention the complete and utter failure of the Affirmative Act! Requiring businesses to employ minorities at all levels at a 1-3 ratio, many referred to these employees as the “token minority” This actually began with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and has been added to and tweaked on since then! Affirmative Action was meant to offer equal space in all levels of employment for minorities, but in doing so it stopped focusing on employee qualifications and abilities to do the job eliminating the long used ability to choose the candidate best suited for the position.

    Effectively this lowered the quality of services provided to the consumer. Where this might not be a big deal when the job is an associate in a department store, but if the position is a surgical doctor in a hospital, the question bears asking… as the consumer would we prefer to be operated on by a doctor hired based on Affirmative Action requirements who was less skilled or do we hope that our surgeon is going to be the best in their field?

    I have gotten off-topic in my attempt to clarify exactly how many different laws policies and practices have actually been forms of reparations dating back to the end of the civil war.
    In short since the freeing of the slaves, America has been paying reparations in one form or another to the black community.

    She may not realize it but Jackson Lee herself is a poster child for reparations! She was afforded the opportunity to attend higher education and enter into politics ultimately sitting in a position most of us will never experience, to be a voice for the American people, and the fact that she is using that voice to cause racial animosity and division invokes negative reactions from all Americans not just the non-minority. I could be mistaken but I believe she was among the group of Democrats that referenced Senator Tim Scott from So. Carolina as the “Republican’s token black man”

    In my opinion, reparations are just one more government handout intended on keeping minority families dependant on the government to provide for them. It weakens the personal drive naturally instilled in human beings, in essence, it domesticates the ambitious side of people and nothing good ever comes from domesticating people any more than domesticating wild animals!

    Just like a wild animal that has been domesticated will starve to death waiting for food to be delivered to it, so will human beings starve to death waiting for the next government handout!

    America is still, at least for now, the only country on the planet that a person is only restrained by their own aspirations. For the person that wants to succeed in life, there are multiple opportunities available it requires only determination to soar, dedication to their goal, hard work to achieve those goals, and refusal to settle for anything less than their dreams.

    If there were truly a legitimate argument for reparations it would be evident by a country visibly divided by race, but one look at the current administration and congress that has a record number of women and minorities serving as government officials is a direct contradiction to that assessment!

    AND THAT IS WHY SENATOR SHEILA JACKSON LEE’S IDEA OF FORMING A COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE, ASSESS, AND ULTIMATELY INITIALIZE A PROCESS FOR REPARATIONS TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY IS COMPLETE AND UTTER NONSENSE AND SHOULD BE REJECTED BY EVERY AMERICAN ESPECIALLY MINORITIES!

  5. George says:

    I am from the Western Cherokee Nation ,I work hard, Get over it, My land and Nation Was stolen from My Ancestors, You are all immigrants,You don”t think Indians were not enslaved, And have been descrimaneted against.Get over it ,Get a Job Pay,taxes. Be come American or move to a commi country

    • Absolutely right, if anyone deserves reparation it’s the Native Americans. I did not bring slaves here, I shouldn’t have to pay for something I did not do. Learn your history, and see the part that Africans themselves played in slavery.

    • Debra Reed says:

      I totally agree and yes we did get everything taken but nobody’s whining about it now. Move on with yourselves and live in the now and not then!!

      • Preston says:

        Most of us that live here now didn’t own slaves. I think that by now reparations have already been paid. There have been many programs over the past two hundred years to help them. It’s time to stop acting like your a victim and start doing some things that will improve your life. There are millions of blacks that have moved on and prospered here.

    • Bill says:

      Well said.

  6. Gregger says:

    This is the kind of welfare state approach that ultimately keeps people of color “on the plantation”. As an employer for 30+ years I hired based on ability, integrity, and work ethic- not ethnicity. So NO I don’t agree with this devisive and costly Idea of reparations. Besides, it’s too little, too late. Instead reform the welfare system to support return to self-sufficiency and keep the family unit intact.

  7. Sharon says:

    There has been ‘injustice’ for ‘WHITE’ Americans!!! What about that? I am not prejudice at all but the fairness to help the white is so much overlooked when it comes down to color…The blacks and hispanics and others (even if not Americans) always get whatever they want. I personally know of some situations where that has occurred and even a black lady in La agreed with a white woman about it when the lady needed help and couldn’t get it…why? because she was the wrong color! This is WRONG! I know the blacks were treated bad and that should never have happened but when it comes down to someone needing help…ALL races should get help if needed…

  8. Jose San gabriel says:

    Why should I pay anyone who felt discriminated as I have done that to anyone? I’m a legal immigrant from another Asian country and early on in my life here I felt I have been discriminated but I proved my worth by working hard and contribute to the economy as a whole. And how can one quantify the cost of discrimination? That bill if passed will further encourage the black community not to strive hard thus put themselves in equal footings to all citizens of the United States of America!

  9. Jann says:

    I am nor will any other family member pay for something that does not concern us
    now. We did not own a slave nor should be be forced to pay.
    Did Ms. Jackson do her research to find out that Blacks also OWNED AND WORKED BLACK SLAVES? She as well as the other lawmakers who want to force extra $$$$ to be paid for something needs to stop and think,research etc……. Plus the Covid virus we have had to deal with along with the loss of JOBS, HOMES AND LIVES
    WHERE DOES SHE AND THE OTHER CRAZY PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON THINK THE MONEY WILL COME FROM????

  10. Geneva Wilcox says:

    This is idiosy ,if you go this way your talking even people that came here to get away from governments back in the 1700’s. Everyone needs to get a grip ,if you just go work hard you can succeed in making a life for yourself. Just try don’t expect the world to give you a living, you must work for it.!!!

  11. Mark says:

    Hell no! I don’t own slaves nor did my ancestors! If you want to get ahead, work for it like everyone else. If this is a good idea, what about Native Americans and others? Sounds self serving to me.

  12. Dan says:

    I did not enslave anyone, nor any of my great grandparents in the pre 1860 time frame
    I don’t owe anyone anything!.
    This is a bad idea which would cost the USA $100 trillion !

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