If there’s any doubt Democrats are back in control of the House of Representatives, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, is quick to jog your memory with HR 40, a bill that would study the issue of reparations for slave decedents.
Though she’s quick to remind you that the bill is not calling for cash payments. Yet.
“I think the more I educate about what the bill is, 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,” Lee said in a recent interview. “And what we want to do is to build a narrative, a story of the facts and, out of that, to be able to assess how we repair some of the damage.”
Reparations are the end goal of critical race theory, with counter-storytelling being a central tenet of the premise that informs the left on race relations — a theory that says racism is ingrained in the fabric of American society and that all white people are inherently racist.
“When you look at urban blight, when you took a 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,” Lee went on to say of the bill.
Keep in mind, many of the inner city schools she speaks of are in areas that have been controlled by Democrats for decades.
“And it is interesting that these magnificent buildings were built by slaves, obviously with no compensation,” Lee added. “That is not what we are asking for; this bill is to have a commission to hear from people all over the nation.”
The Democrat said the reparations bill is “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.”
When prompted, Lee cited left-wing actor Danny Glover as “a strong supporter of H.R. 40.”
The cost of slavery reparations have been estimated as high as $14 trillion, and while it remains to be seen how far soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi allows the legislation to advance, there’s little chance it goes anywhere in the Republican-controlled Senate.
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