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“We’re asking for people to understand the pain, the violence, the brutality, the chattel-ness of what we went through," Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said.
The deadly Capitol insurrection was meant to undermine Black votes and devalue Black life. Wednesday's hearing felt like a rebuttal.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said this week he would join Democrats on a Juneteenth bill.
Few say they learned anything about the holiday growing up, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.
The holiday has renewed urgency as we march for justice and demand that freedom finally rings true for Black Americans.
A proposal by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) would commemorate June 19 as the anniversary of emancipation.
“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea,” McConnell said.
The hearing — the first time since 2007 that the House has heard testimony on the topic of slavery reparations — will be held on June 19, the day of Juneteenth.
2020 candidate Cory Booker floated the idea in a bill this week, but Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) says it’s “not even a realistic possibility.”
The measure would create a commission to review proposals on the matter.