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Cory Booker Introduces Reparations Bill in the Senate

The bill is simply designed to “establish a commission to study possible reparations.”

By NTK Staff | 04.09.2019 @12:00pm
Cory Booker Introduces Reparations Bill in the Senate

In an effort to leapfrog several of his fellow Democratic presidential contenders, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) plans to introduce legislation soon that would tackle the racially sensitive topic of reparations.

Reparations have become a hot topic on the 2020 campaign trail among Democratic candidates. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have both expressed openness to various forms of reparations for African Americans impacted by slavery. However, that openness typically extends to merely “a conversation” about the topic and not direct compensation. In that respect, Booker’s bill is no different.

Booker’s bill would “establish a commission to study possible reparations.” Here’s how that would potentiallywork, according to Booker:

Such a commission would seek to remedy generations-worth of discrimination as a result of “overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African-Americans economically for generations,” the New Jersey Democrat said in a statement, in addition to policies “that have ushered millions of Americans into the middle class” but “systematically excluded blacks.”

“This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy and implicit racial bias in our country,” Booker added. “It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed.”

Booker’s bill is a companion of a House version introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

Other Democratic presidential candidates have been less forthcoming on their position on reparations. Previously, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had said that he believed “there are better ways to [address the crises facing the American people] than just writing out a check.” But during a Q&A session with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the National Action Network (NAN) convention on Friday, Sanders said he would support a study like the one Booker is proposing.

Similarly, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke told Sharpton at the NAN conference that he would support the study.

Whether the reparations conversation and potential study turns into actual payment to African Americans impacted by slavery is an open question, but Booker’s bill is at least advancing the topic from conversation to action. Where it goes from here remains to be seen.

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