House Dems to hold hearings on slavery reparations, reportedly with Hollywood actor and radical leftist in tow

US Democratic Representative from Texas Sheila Jackson Lee speaks during a markup of a resolution supporting the committee report on Attorney General William Barr's failure to produce the unredacted Mueller report and underlying materials on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)
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Instead of holding hearings on the border crisis, illegal alien crime or, God forbid, the Democrats’ illicit use of a fraudulent dossier to essentially frame President Donald Trump, congressional Democrats have reportedly opted to hold hearings on reparations …

This comes amid their push to give themselves raises.

“The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel,” the Associated Press confirmed Thursday.

Set to occur next Wednesday before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the hearing will reportedly “examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.”

This idea of studying reparations is reportedly the brainchild of former Michigan Rep. John Conyers, who introduced it before he was forced to resign in 2017 after word broke that he’d sexually harassed his female staff members and secretly used taxpayer funds to settle one harassment claim.

Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the same Democrat who describes herself as a “freed slave,” became the bill’s new sponsor after Conyers’ departure. After she reintroduced the bill earlier this year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she supported the idea.

“As you probably are aware, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has legislation to study this issue, and I support that,” she said in February during an event at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

“One of the things that we can do not only just in terms of trying to make up for a horrible, sinful thing that happened in our country in terms of slavery, but for our country to live up to who we think we are.”

“We have to reduce the disparity in income in our country, we have to reduce the disparity in access to education in an affordable way in our country, reduce the health disparities in our country … so while we’re studying how we deal with the reparations issue, there’s plenty we can do to improve the quality of life of many people in our country.”

She’s not alone in feeling like this.

Case in point:

Glover, a Hollywood actor worth an estimated $40 million, will reportedly be present at the hearing because he’s been a longtime supporter of reparations. It’s unclear when Glover, who grew up in the increasingly socialist city of San Francisco that is experiencing a mammoth disparity of income between the uber-wealthy and everyone else, adopted this cause.

In a speech to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States delivered three years ago, Glover argued that the “reparative justice” that reparations would allegedly provide are necessary to make up for the fact that minorities “continue to be shut out, marginalized and discriminated against.”

The speech was delivered during former President Barack Hussein Obama’s last year in office, as well as during the national anthem protests by the NFL’s multimillionaire athletes.

Listen:

The second speaker, Ta-Nehisi Coates, is a radically far-left zealot and race hustler who referred to the Sept. 11 first responders as “menaces of nature” in his 2015 treatise, “Between the World and Me.” The book was widely condemned by everybody to the right of Karl Marx.

“He writes of the police and firefighters who died running into the burning buildings in a forlorn effort to save all the people whose bodies were about to be obliterated into dust, ‘They were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body,'” National Review editor Rich Lowry wrote at the time in a scathing rebuke of Coates’ book.

Lowry also criticized Coates’ longtime campaign for reparations.

“Coates is selling snake oil,” he opined. “Even if he got his fantastical reparations that he has poured such literary energy into advocating, real improvement in the condition of black people would still require the moral effort that he won’t advocate for.”

The type of moral effort needed is one anathema to the likes of Coates and his groupies in the Democrat Party. It’s one of inner strength, stoicism, personal responsibility and pride — all of which are the antithesis to the victimhood that the left preaches as the alpha and omega of “real justice.”

The theory adopted by the left is that the legacies of slavery are what have prevented the black community from achieving the same levels of wealth and success as every other racial/ethnic group in America, including Jews, East Indians and Asians.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

“The impact of slavery and its vestiges continues to effect African Americans and indeed all Americans in communities throughout our nation,” Jackson Lee said when introducing the reparations bill in Congress earlier this year.

“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. … [T]he real issue is whether and how this nation can come to grips with the legacy of slavery that still infects current society. Through legislation, resolutions, news, and litigation, we are moving closer to making more strides in the movement toward reparations.”

Black conservatives such as Blexit founder Candace Owens, award-winning scholar Thomas Sowell and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas disagree with this line of thinking.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

Vivek Saxena

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