Sheila Jackson Lee Wants Federal Commission to Consider Reparations
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is championing legislation that would direct the federal government to conduct a study of reparations for descendants of slaves to determine the best way to repair some of the damage that slavery has caused to the African American community. She became the lead sponsor of the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act after former MI Congressman John Conyers resigned from Congress. “When you look at urban blight, when you 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,” Jackson Lee said. “And it is interesting that these magnificent buildings were built by slaves, obviously with no compensation. That is not what we are asking for; this bill is to have a commission to hear from people all over the nation.” More here.