Pres. Biden comes out in favor of studying reparations for slavery

The idea of reparations for slavery was back in the news this week with a recent government hearing on the idea.

According to Breitbart, the White House has indicated that President Joe Biden does support a study of slavery reparations.  

“He’s supported a study of reparations,” Psaki told reporters on Wednesday. “I believe that’s what’s being discussed and studying the continued impacts of slavery, which is being discussed in this hearing on H.R. 40, and he continues to demonstrate his commitment to take comprehensive action to address this systemic racism that persists today. Having that study is a part of that.”

Psaki continued: “He’s signed an executive order on his first day which would begin to deliver on his commitment to having an across-government approach to addressing racial inequality and making sure equity is a part of his entire policy agenda. He would certainly support a study of reparations. He understands that we don’t need a study to take action right now on systemic racism, so he wants to take actions in his own government in the meantime.”

Background

As Psaki indicated, her comments came as the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on Wednesday was holding a hearing to debate legislation for slavery reparations.

The legislation up for debate was H.R. 40, a measure first introduced in 1989 by former Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and reintroduced this year by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

“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,” Jackson Lee said while introducing 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.”

Jackson Lee went on to argue that “the issue of slavery is one that did not end with a stroke of Abraham Lincoln’s pen and the Emancipation Proclamation.” Instead, she insisted that “as we look at the disparities in data” the “residuals” of slavery “are still very much with us.”

Opposing arguments

One of the most forceful arguments against the idea of reparations for slavery was made by Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), the former NFL star and black conservative.

“Reparations is not the way to right our country’s wrongs,” Owens said. “It is impractical and a non-starter for the United States government to pay reparations. It is also unfair and heartless to give black Americans the hope that this is a reality.”

Subsequently, on Twitter, Owens wrote: “Reparations are not about helping the black community, it’s about getting votes. Want to help the black community(& everyone else)? Let us get back to work, let our kids go back to school, let our parents decide which school, and get planned parenthood out of our inner cities!”

Larry Elder has noted that “Only about five percent of white Americans have any sort of generational connection to slavery, which ended 156 years ago. When we paid reparations to people in the past, as when the Japanese received reparations for being put in relocation camps, the money was paid to them — victims themselves — or their legal heirs. Slavery ended 156 years ago; it is just too long ago.”

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  1. If the DNC wants to pay reparation to the black community, then they should start by paying reparation to our NATIVE AMERICANS.
    What the DNC is trying to do is recover the votes they lost to President Trump. And that is why they are trying to hard to bring illegals into the country to secure the self future voting.

    1. Many white Americans gave their lives to end slavery during the Civil War. Do we give reparations to the families who lost their sons and husband’s to defend the rights of those held in slavery? Many White Irish were brought over as Indentured servants also do we give their families money too? We can not go back and undo what has been in the past.

    2. Your right on Karl! Hey reparations can be justified in many areas but it’s not in the books as who might be the first to get them and then others will say where is ours and then who is liable to pay them and if they were paid would that be enough, I’m thinkin the recipients would never be satisfied, that’s how greed works! I’m damn sure not gonna pay ANY OF THEM! I WAS A POOR DRY LAND DIRT FARMER ALL MY LIFE, WHERE IS MINE

    3. Ah yes ! Getting more votes for the DNC
      ( stands for Does Not Count — LOL ) .
      Very clever of that election stealer .

      Go to UGETUBE to get REAL news.

    4. The Democrats think that they can buy all the black votes by giving money to people who never were slaves from people who never owned slaves.
      C’mon man! Say it like it is. Let’s buy the black vote.
      Reparations?? Yeah right. Why now?

    5. This is totally disgusting! The reparations… The unequality
      of giving less money to white business recovery over BLACk
      business recovery… I am sick of the over do…. I don’t think anything done is OR EVER WILLBE ENOUGH TO PLEASE OR SHUT THEM UP.. You get what you work for like everyone else..
      Maybe make a swap..

  2. how many times are they wanting payment–since none of us were part of the issue why should we have to pay them– I really think that it is another RIPOFF of my money– tell them HELL NO

    1. Born in 1946, my father and family had to go by the neighborhood to pic up the left over food to earn a living, I have seen many family that were treated as picents and Slaves , are you going to ensure you take care of them also , I’m a Puerto Rican , Now should we get reparation for our family

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  4. Are there any witnesses to verify they were former slaves? How is the money going to be give to “eligible” recipients? How area they going to verify “eligible” recipients? My ancestors didn’t own slaves, why do I have to pay any reparations? Just a few questions on my mind/

  5. NOBODY ALIVE IN AMERICA WAS A SLAVE .. NO AMERICAN IN THE LAST 150 YEARS HAS BEEN A SLAVE … MOVE FORWARD A QUIT TALKING ABOUT RACISM AND IT WILL CEASE TO EXIST … SIMPLY CALL EACHOTHER BY NAME RATHER A WHITE MAN OR A BLACK MAN … RACISM MUST END

  6. I’m all for reparations ,but they should be paid by the people that sold the slaves to the slave traders.

  7. The Negros are already getting ‘reparations’ in the form of commercials (which pay a hefty check, each time it is displayed)!
    And if reparations are granted, How about reparations to those who are descendants of those who FOUGHT, BLED, and DIED to FREE the Black slaves?
    And are reparations going to be paid to the the White Slaves (Indentured servants, aka slaves) that were shipped to America? There were more White slaves shipped to America than there were Black slaves!

    1. Commercials is correct. American blacks account for aprox 13% of the population, yet I would say they appear in over 60% of the TV commercials, not to mention lower standards for college acceptance. I’ve never had anything against someone based on color because you don’t get to choose what color you will be. Whatever it is black, white, red, yellow, blue or green … you don’t get to pick. Forget white supremacy, we should look at black privilege.

      1. OH BOY JIM ! YOU ARE SO RIGHT !! EVERY PRIVILAGE
        IS BEING GIVEN TO THEM… THEY ARE THEIR OWN WORST
        ENEMY… OBAMA STARTED THIS RACISM CRAP AND THEIR
        ARE GOING TO GO WITH IT FOREVER !!
        I AND MOST EVERYONE IS SICK OF THE “WHITE PRIVILAGE” THAT IS NOT THE CASE !!! THEY ARE MAKING THIS RACE ISSUE INTO A WAR… EVERYONE IS SICK OF HEARING IT!!

  8. Biden and Harris are complete idiots. They are both illegitimate, having been the recipients of a stolen election. They are seditionists that need to be removed from office immediately.

  9. There is no basis to this as the first owner of black slaves in colonial North America was a black farmer. Ownership of black slaves was illegal in all the colonies until shortly after the black farmer set this precedent. White farmers found it hard to compete with black farmers as slavery began to spread among free black. White farmers then pushed to have the same rights as black farmers to own slaves abd eventually the law was changed. There were a number of black plantation owners who had black slaves through the Civil War. For instance, records from New Orleans show that there were in excess of 6,000 black slaves owned by black households at the start of the war.

  10. How about some history facts for either dumb or lying
    Fact, the Blacks in Africa started Black Slavery (and still do it), and the Whites in America ended it.They got to be slaves in America because they were
    SOLD AS SLAVES BY THEIR BLACK TRIBAL LEADERS IN AFRICA. And when
    they were sold in Africa, they were sold to Europeans, not to Americans,
    and the first slave owner in America was Black. Fact
    And another fact,
    Why do the Muslims never mention that Muhammad was a slave owner.

    The phrase is nice as is all lives matter, but the BLM organization has become corrupt.

    Fact, the Blacks in Africa started Black Slavery (and still do it), and the Whites in America ended it.

  11. So true! If reparations are paid…they go to those who were directly effected…not anyone else. Oh, ya, none of those effected have been alive for over 100 years.

  12. What about the Irish slaves, I guess they don’t count since they were Europeans and often treated worse than their African counterparts.

  13. If Biden is going to pay back blacks for being brought here by other nations after their own countrymen sold them into slavery, then Biden should back the Native Americans first. It was the Europeans that stole our lands and about decimated us because they wanted our lands and resources.

  14. Ok what about the Irish, Italian, Jews, Oriental, American Indian etc., etc., they were also slaves. Slavery did not start in America it has been around since time began & many whites through the ages were slaves, you don’t think the Egyptians built the pyramids with out slaves. The black in Africa were big offenders of this they would fight other tribes looser became slaves which were sold to anyone in the world who wanted to buy them & they even had many white slaves! When all the nationalities mentioned above came to this country many were used & treated as slaves. Here we go again poor me, what about me, boohoo, grow up get a job & stop expecting hand outs for things that happen years ago & never effected you. We have all suffered under persecution for one reason or another, but the ones who have caused it is not whitey but the Democratic party that brought you ancestors over here & even after the Civil War didn’t tell you that you were free so your beef is with the Democrats in office now who are still lying to you & want to keep you under their control. Don’t believe me look it up on the internet!

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