The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing yesterday—about establishing a committee to study slavery and whether reparations are due—was fascinating.
As a sonofalawyer, the question of whom is eligible for reparations is the part that I can imagine Republicans in shark skin suits would tear apart, before you even arrive at the discussion of what would be a fair settlement or how or in what form money would be distributed, let alone who would foot the bill. There are a thousand ways to Sunday that this can be delayed if not outright destroyed.
Speaking of destroying, it is not much of a surprise that amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell is not a fan of reparations!
“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea.”
Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates brilliantly rebutted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
Ta-Nehisi Coates on McConnell’s reparations remarks: “We grant that Mr. McConnell was not alive for Appomattox, but he was alive for the electrocution of George Stinney. He was alive for the blinding of Isaac Woodward. He was alive to witness kleptocracy in his native Alabama.” pic.twitter.com/MWoWa3xoBq
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 19, 2019
Coates called on Congress to “reject fair-weather patriotism, to say that a nation is both its credits and its debits,” and to create a commission to study ways the U.S. government can make amends for slavery and its legacy.
“In H.R. 40 this body has a chance to … reject fair-weather patriotism. To say that a nation is both its credits and its debits. That if Thomas Jefferson matters, so does Sally Hemings.”
– Ta-Nehisi Coates #reparationshearing pic.twitter.com/TmW1dQCbmT
— Jamal Andress (@JamalAndress) June 19, 2019