Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced a new reparations bill that, according to PJ Media, she hopes will “repair some of the damage” slavery has caused the African-American community.
The real question to ask is how holding an entire generation of individuals accountable for the sinful actions of their ancestors is in any way fair or equal?
The legislation seeks to “address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”
“It’s a commission to study the issue of what was the economic impact of the work of slaves and how does it translate in the 21st century. And what we want to do is to build a narrative, a story of the facts and out of that be able to access how we repair some of the damage,” Jackson Lee said during a recent interview after her speech at the annual Legislative and Policy Conference organized by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
“When you look at urban blight, when you look at schools in inner cities and rural communities that are not at the level of excellence that they should be, when you look at support for [historically black colleges and universities], all of that will be part of understanding that whole journey and that whole economic journey,” she added. “And it is interesting that these magnificent buildings were built by slaves, obviously with no compensation. That is not what we are asking for; this bill is to have a commission to hear from people all over the nation.”
Jackson Lee called the reparations legislation “a beginning process and an educational process for the nation in a non-controversial manner, and not in a manner of pitting one group of people against another.”
So it’s totally okay, apparently, to punish someone for a crime they never committed? Taxpayers are already stretched to the limit, so how in the world are the middle and lower classes — the folks who pay the most taxes — going to possibly afford paying for reparations? This is pure insanity.
There’s no doubt that slavery was a blight on our country’s wonderful history and flies in the face of the principles of liberty that we cherish so dearly. However, forcing reparations using the power of the federal government is not the right way to handle this delicate situation.
Source: PJ Media