House Judiciary subcommittee to hold hearing on reparations for Black Americans

According to a new report from The Hill “a House Judiciary subcommittee will host a hearing Wednesday to discuss the creation of a commission that would explore reparations for Black Americans, an idea long floated in Congress that has gained traction over the past year.”

The bill, if passed will establish a commission to “examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.”

The resolution, H.R. 40 was first introduced in the House in 1989 by late Michigan congressman John Conyers, a Democrat.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) has reintroduced the bill to the House in January with 118 co-sponsors, and now has 162 as support among the left has grown.

Sen. Cory Booker has introduced the companion bill in the Senate and currently has 17 co-sponsors.