A black congresswoman from Texas is calling for reparations, financial compensation over slavery, and is receiving predictable backlash for her an effort that is not entirely impossible.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced a bill that sets up a commission which would work out the details of compensating millions of black Americans.
According to The Houston Chronicle, H.R. 40 states the commission “shall examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.”
“They continue to feel that sting,” Lee, a 14-term lawmaker, said of fellow black Americans at a House subcommittee hearing. “Now, more than ever, the facts and circumstances facing our nation demonstrate the importance of HR 40 and the necessity of placing our nation on the path to reparative justice.”
The push for reparations dates back decades but, in reality, it can be traced back to the “40 acres and a mule” promise that Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman made to freed slaves in South Carolina.
Responding to the congresswoman’s bill, columnist and radio talk show host David Webb told Fox News it is the same backwards thinking that has held back the black community for decades.
“There's not a plan. There's simply a narrative,” said Webb, who is black. “You've got to keep black people where they need to be. They are victims.”
Webb went on to claim that Jackson Lee’s congressional district remains one of the worst in Texas despite her long tenure in Congress.
The seven-term congresswoman is not mega-wealthy by Capitol Hill standards but Open Secrets, the political watchdog, reports her net worth topped $3.5 million in 2015 only to drop in 2018, the last year on file.
The watchdog’s website, which publishes lawmakers’ mandatory public disclosure documents, also lists seven income-producing assets by Jackson Lee that generated at least $286,000 annually for her.
The renewed push for reparations drew the attention of Larry Elder, too, who said the issue is not evil committed against blacks during the Civil War.
“The question,” he said, “is whether or not people right now, who were never slave owners, should be paying money to people who were never slaves.”
Gen. Sherman’s order was rescinded the same year it was made, 1865, but a push for reparations is not wishful thinking any more: the bill has numerous co-sponsors in the Democrat-controlled House, and President Joe Biden has promised racial "equity" to fight what he calls "systemic racism."
Far from Washington, D.C., millions of white American college students have sat through “white privilege” classes in which they are instructed the United States was founded by racists and remains racist today.
More recently, the NBA dropped the term “owner” because it was viewed as insensitive to black players and, in recent days, mega-corporation Coca-Cola became the latest corporation to be outed for subjecting white employees to mandatory anti-racism training. A whistleblower published the so-called “learning plan” for white employees, which included the phrase “Be Less White” and claimed that white people believe they are “inherently superior because they are white.”
A spokesman for Coca-Cola confirmed the corporation was attempting to build an “inclusive work place.”
According to Elder, if anyone should pay reparations 154 years after the Civil War ended, it should be Democrats.
“After all,” he said, “but a handful of slaver owners were Democrats, you know. Democrats founded the KKK.”