House to hold hearings on reparations on ‘Juneteenth’

House to hold hearings on reparations on ‘Juneteenth’
Sheila Jackson Lee (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Committee leaders haven’t specified whether hearings will take place before or after the bubble blowing contest.]

On Wednesday the topic of slavery reparations will come to Capitol Hill for the first time in more than a decade, signaling the proposal’s growing prominence in political discourse.

Scheduled for the morning of Juneteenth, the U.S holiday commemorating the June 19, 1865, abolition of slavery in Texas and broader U.S. emancipation of African-Americans, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, will hold a hearing to discuss the “legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Case for Reparations,” and actor Danny Glover, who has publicly campaigned for reparations in the past, are both booked to testify at the hearing in addition to legal experts, economists, and civil rights leaders.

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