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Sheila Jackson Lee To Have Actor Danny Glover Speak On Reparations

One thing is for sure, any Democratic presidential hopeful that gets behind this issue will never be the president, like it or not. That’s a fact.

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in February that she supports a reparations study, a topic that hasn’t been the subject of a House hearing since 2007.”

So it was brought up right before the 2008 election. Nothing came about from it when they had the presidency and control of the House and the Senate. And now that election time is coming around again and they need to get more seats and want the white house back it comes up again. And this time, they plan on using actor Danny Glover to deliver a dramatic performance on why it should be passed.

An audit needs to be conducted on how many hours our elected officials spend hearing from unqualified celebrities instead of their everyday constituents and qualified experts. There are exceptions like Jon Stewart, but for the most part, this seems like a boondoggle to glad-hand celebrities and drum up support for future campaigns.

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is scheduled to hold the hearing next Wednesday, its stated purpose “to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.” The date of the hearing, June 19, coincides with Juneteenth, a cultural holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black people in America.

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Former Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the longtime sponsor of House Resolution 40, first proposed the measure calling for a study of reparations in 1989. Conyers reintroduced the bill every session until his resignation in 2017 .

Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the resolution’s new sponsor, introduced it earlier this year and pushed for next week’s hearing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in February that she supports a reparations study, a topic that hasn’t been the subject of a House hearing since 2007.

Reparations had been a fringe issue and occasional punchline until Coates’ 2014 essay in The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” thrust the topic back into the national discourse. Glover, an activist as well as the star of the “Lethal Weapon” movies and the classics “The Color Purple” and “A Rage in Harlem,” has spoken in favor of the issue for years. [Associated Press]

If you look at the names of the elected officials mentioned in this article, you can see what would happen if Hillary got elected, or any of the current candidates, creating a whole class of new “victims.”

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Why are actors testifying before Congress about issues not directly related to acting? Legal, historical, economic experts should be occupying the time of Congress about this issue. Why does Congress have so much time to waste by allowing celebrities to testify outside of their area of expertise?

We can’t change the past, no matter how much we may regret or hate it, in the present. Addressing past wrongdoings only reminds us of misdeeds and mistakes that we cannot change or erase by reparations. We ALL need to move on and spend our energy on improving the present rather than trying to make up for past mistakes. We cannot change the past but we can learn from it, and do better when it comes to our regard and treatment of people of any nationality today.

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