Sheila Jackson Lee Reintroduces Reparations Bill

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has re-introduced H.R. 40, a bill to fund a committee to explore whether Black Americans should receive reparations for slavery.

Jackson Lee explained “In short, the Commission aims to study the impact of slavery and continuing discrimination against African-Americans, resulting directly and indirectly from slavery to segregation to the desegregation process and the present day.”

“The impact of slavery and its vestiges continues to affect African Americans and indeed all Americans in communities throughout our nation,” she continued.

“This legislation is intended to examine the institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies. Since the initial introduction of this legislation, its proponents have made substantial progress in elevating the discussion of reparations and reparatory justice at the national level and joining the mainstream international debate on the issues,” she added.