Is that what we are doing now? Are we intending to pay people for the hardships of their ancestors? Dem presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is making the claim that he would sign a slavery reparations bill into law.
When “asked by Sharpton if he would back a measure introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a fellow Texan,” O’Rourke said:
““Yes. Civil rights are not just those victories that began with at the outset of my comments, but the injustices that have been visited and continue to be visited on people. We will never get the change that we need to live up to the promise of this country. So absolutely, I would sign that into law.”
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The bill they are referring to is actually a Slavery Reparation Study Bill.
“I don’t believe that should be the primary or initial focus of the conversation,” he said. “I think it is understanding the facts… and those actions will take place after there is a national conversation with facts and truth.”
O’Rourke “used his time Wednesday before the predominantly black crowd to spotlight the higher infant and maternal mortality rates and incarceration rates among African-Americans. He also called for an end to the cash bail system, “prison for profit” and the “war on drugs,” which he said has become a “war on people.”
But he is not the only Dem in favor of some form of reparations bill.
“The idea of slavery reparations for black Americans is at least partially backed by five Democratic presidential candidates so far – Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who served as housing secretary under President Barack Obama, businessman and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who has co-sponsored Jackson Lee’s bill.”