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senate Bill S. 1083

Should a Federal Commission Study Ways to Make Reparations to African-Americans?

Argument in favor

The legacies of slavery and other forms of discrimination, such as domestic terrorism in the post-Civil War South and redlining, have disadvantaged African-Americans in American society for generations. They have led to lower household wealth, lower educational attainment, and more damage to the African-American community. Reparations are the only way to right this historic wrong.

Antonio's Opinion
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08/30/2019
Every last one of you who commented no just showed your true colors. No one had a problem paying the Native Americans. No one had a problem paying the Japanese you interned during WW2. No one had a problem paying the Jews after the same war. But Descendants of Blacks? The same ones you considered property and traded like stock, never. You tell us to forget the past. But want to remember the Alamo, Holocaust and the Civil War. The Left and the Right don’t agree on much. But they do agree not to pay Black Americans despite having full knowledge of the documented atrocities of slavery. Willful ignorance. SMH. And money is not even what we are even asking for. Crazy how you all think is an understatement. Hypocrisy is a better term for it.
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William 's Opinion
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08/30/2019
Reparations... root word “repair”. The purpose of reparations is to repair the damage caused by white supremacy and its negative effects on American Descendants of Chattel Slavery. This study needs to focus its priority on repairing the damages racism has done within the institutions that make up the fabric of American society. Anything else would be passion without direction.
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jimK's Opinion
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08/30/2019
Reparations have been discussed but, to my knowledge, have never really been fully studied to arrive at any deliberated consensus of what would be equitable. There are a lot of issues that need to be carefully thought out to ensure that reparations are just, practicable and affordable. Between those arguing 'not my problem' and those looking for broad entitlements instead of reparations- many will be unhappy with any formula or solution found. That is why the proposed commission's work will be so important.
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Argument opposed

Reparations are unrealistic, incredibly politically divisive, and difficult to target properly. The basic question of who should be eligible for reparations has so many possible answers, it’s nearly impossible to be sure who should actually be eligible. This close to an election year, this legislation is a cynical attempt to win African-American votes.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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08/30/2019
I’m strongly opposed and Do Not recommend the passage of the bill H.R. 40 Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act which would establish a 13-member Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans. It would charge the commission with examining slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the U.S. from 1619 to the present and recommending appropriate remedies.  Reparations are unrealistic, incredibly politically divisive, and difficult to target properly. The basic question of who should be eligible for reparations has so many possible answers, it’s nearly impossible to be sure who should actually be eligible. This close to an election year, this legislation is a cynical attempt to win African-American votes. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 8.30.19......
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Denise's Opinion
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08/30/2019
Black males were allowed to vote before white females, what reparations will you be making for me?
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AmericaIsARepublic's Opinion
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08/30/2019
Stop this clownish nonsense! Nobody owes anyone else anything at all for what happened in the distant past. No one alive today had anything to do with it. It’s long since over with. Let it go. This is trite political pandering. It’s embarrassing.
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    Every last one of you who commented no just showed your true colors. No one had a problem paying the Native Americans. No one had a problem paying the Japanese you interned during WW2. No one had a problem paying the Jews after the same war. But Descendants of Blacks? The same ones you considered property and traded like stock, never. You tell us to forget the past. But want to remember the Alamo, Holocaust and the Civil War. The Left and the Right don’t agree on much. But they do agree not to pay Black Americans despite having full knowledge of the documented atrocities of slavery. Willful ignorance. SMH. And money is not even what we are even asking for. Crazy how you all think is an understatement. Hypocrisy is a better term for it.
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    I’m strongly opposed and Do Not recommend the passage of the bill H.R. 40 Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act which would establish a 13-member Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans. It would charge the commission with examining slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the U.S. from 1619 to the present and recommending appropriate remedies.  Reparations are unrealistic, incredibly politically divisive, and difficult to target properly. The basic question of who should be eligible for reparations has so many possible answers, it’s nearly impossible to be sure who should actually be eligible. This close to an election year, this legislation is a cynical attempt to win African-American votes. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 8.30.19......
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    Reparations... root word “repair”. The purpose of reparations is to repair the damage caused by white supremacy and its negative effects on American Descendants of Chattel Slavery. This study needs to focus its priority on repairing the damages racism has done within the institutions that make up the fabric of American society. Anything else would be passion without direction.
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    Black males were allowed to vote before white females, what reparations will you be making for me?
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    Stop this clownish nonsense! Nobody owes anyone else anything at all for what happened in the distant past. No one alive today had anything to do with it. It’s long since over with. Let it go. This is trite political pandering. It’s embarrassing.
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    Reparations have been discussed but, to my knowledge, have never really been fully studied to arrive at any deliberated consensus of what would be equitable. There are a lot of issues that need to be carefully thought out to ensure that reparations are just, practicable and affordable. Between those arguing 'not my problem' and those looking for broad entitlements instead of reparations- many will be unhappy with any formula or solution found. That is why the proposed commission's work will be so important.
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    Seriously? Why don’t we create an agency to see why government is so inept?? I’m sure that will fix everything... 😖
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    This racially-divisive piece of legislation was authored by Democratic Presidential-candidate Cory Booker, to curry favor with African-American voters. Unbelievable. No to the bill.
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    This is just race baiting by the racist democrat party.
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    But don’t just study it do something about it. The government owes African Americans their due. When the slaves were set free they were promised reparations then that they never received so they do deserve to be paid in full
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    NO
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    You want to take my hard earned money (taxes) to pay for a wrong that I had absolutely nothing to do with? I want reparations from the Democrat party for all the damage they have done to our country, starting with slavery and the civil war. If they have any money left after that we can discuss the ensuing damages to the tranquility of our nation from Jim Crow laws, Lynch mobs, segregation, and hate mongering. If they have any money left over after that we can go into their involvement with Hollywood in the decades of abuse of women — Hollywood and the Democrats are tied at the hip. Then there is all the damage that they have inflicted on our electoral system, sewing all of these conspiracies about how elections were stolen from them.
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    Until we participate in a process similar to that of South Africa at the end of apartheid and come together to agree upon and establish a plan to confront the implicit racial bias and racism that underlies our national culture, we will fail to address the forces that will destroy our democratic republic from within. This process must be national in scope, include every corner of this nation and be conducted by a reconciliation committee comprised of members who represent the makeup of We the People fairly and accurately. It is past time to unite US so that we can truly face the difficult and dangerous future together. The word “reparation” derived from the word “repair”. Whatever results from this national reconciliation process, I personally believe that some financial corrections of the consequences experienced by African-American throughout the period of the existence of the United States from 1776 to the present must be made . The job of a reconciliation committee would be to identify these consequences and identify the most effective ways to change existing laws and societal entities to correct the effects of these consequences. Implementing these changes will very likely involve a financial compensation, whether in direct form or in the designation of funds to cover the expenses involved in making needed changes. I stress that this needs to be a process that is open, visible, and includes the involvement of all of the American people 🇺🇸
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    A debt past due.
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    First of all, I am so very sorry for the slavery that happened in this country. But we weren’t there when this all went down.
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    Yes. Slavery has left a huge mark on our history and has repercussions for the African American community and other peoples of color nationwide. We need to develop a fuller understanding of its implications and impacts and how to remedy the harsh negativity of slavery so that future generations don’t have to continue suffering from it for years to come.
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    In my opinion I feel reparations must happen, there’s nothing left to study. Creating a fair and equal system that provides African Americans equal access to employment, education, homeownership and financial services without the bias that still exists to this day. Free college educations, easier access to specialized government backed home loans specifically designed with lower interest rates and low or no down payments for descendants of slavery. These types of ideas would be easy to implement and administer that move equalizing the inequality that’s been going on since the days of slavery. We must correct the wrongs that previous generations perpetrated on our fellow human beings.
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    No because it can’t be determined properly. Despite all that has been done up until now to help better and improve African Americans it hasn’t been enough. There is the constant complaining of being disenfranchised despite cuts to make services, etc., cheaper and other allowances as well. The truth of the matter is there will never be anything that will be enough but the expectation of more. When slavery was ended, despite some who maintained prejudices, African Americans were given the option to go back to Africa and the opportunity to be free and equal with others in the country. Decisions/choices have consequences. African Americans were free to be responsible and make a way for themselves and indeed some have successfully done that. Way too many have chosen to be a victim and think they are less and blame White people. Mind you, there are plenty of White people and other ethnicities who choose to place themselves in that same box and blame others and think they are owed something they don’t work for. To be free is to be responsible for ourselves and work hard for what we have and work hard some more. The Irish were terribly mistreated in this country in the 1800s and early 1900s. They were considered outcasts. To be fair, if African Americans deserve reparations then so do the Irish. Then there were the injustices of the Chinese in this country. There are more and more people and ethnicities who fall into that pot. The government isn’t that rich. If you’re really free start acting like it and stop expecting the government to take care of you!! No to reparations because it will never be enough to make anyone happy or satisfied.
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    Absolutely not. If you want to make reparations to anyone, do it to native Americans. Besides, African American males were allowed to vote before female of any color. Do I get ‘reparations?’
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    This already occurred after the civil war. Want to end racial tensions? End divisive accusatory ideas and instead learn to forgive. I’m pretty certain no one alive today owned slaves or was a slave.
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