A dramatic day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the House of representatives for the first time held a hearing on on reparations for black Americans economically impacted by slavery.
At issue, HR 40, a bill that would establish a commission to study the effects of centuries of discrimination and appropriate remedies.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE: “HR 40 is in fact the response of the American government long overdue.
Slavery is the original sin.” The hearings gathered African-American leaders and intellectuals to debate the merits of such a measure.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) ACTOR DANNY GLOVER SAYING: “I sit here as the great-grandons of a former slave.
A national reparations policy is a moral democratic and economic imperative.” SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Author Coleman Hughes: “We would insult many black Americans by putting a price on the suffering of their ancestors.” Many presidential candidates support reparations including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) SENATOR CORY BOOKER SAYING: “We have not had direct conversation about a lot of the root causes of a lot of the inequities and the pain and the hurt manifested in economic disparities, manifested in health disparities, manifested in a criminal justice system that is indeed a form of new Jim Crow.” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday came out against it.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL: “I don’t think repartitions for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible.” The writer Ta Nehisi Coates took issue with this position Wednesday, saying the effects of slavery and jim crow are anything but ancient history.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) WRITER Ta Nehisi Coates: "For a century after the Civil War black people were subjected to a relentless campaign of terror, a campaign that extended well into the lifetime of Majority leader McConnell.” Issuing reparations to all living people who are descendants of slaves or who have suffered from the ills of racial discrimination targeted at black people has been estimated to cost trillions of dollars.
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Kamala Harris made India proud as she was chosen by Democratic party presidential nominee Joe Biden as his running mate. Harris will be the first Black woman and African American nominated for Vice President by a major party. Meanwhile, back home, Bengaluru is tense after violence broke over an alleged derogatory Facebook post, following which a mob gathered outside the residence of a legislator in the city late on Tuesday, pelting stones and setting ablaze vehicles. Over 145 suspects have been arrested so far, say the Bengaluru police, as the city returns to normalcy. Watch the day's biggest headlines on editorji's playlist with Vikram Chandra.
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Indian-origin Kamala Harris is being selected as Democratic candidate for United States Vice President. Speaking on it, her maternal uncle said, "Our family feels happy. My sister, her mother, would have been very proud of her daughter. It is a historic day for the Indian community. My sister passed away in 2009, Kamala came here to immerse her mother's ashes in the Bay of Bengal. I spoke to her last time when I was in the US, in October-December last year. Today I sent her a message of congratulations." He further said, "She could not come here frequently in the last couple of years as she is a Senator. She is Indian and likes India but that doesn't mean that anything India says is right for her. She is also Jamaican, an African-American, she uses her own judgement."
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House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said the legislation on reparations for slavery is important to advance the discussion for righting a dark stain on U.S. history, but cautioned making a purely financial..