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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.
Rev. Al Sharpton asked the Democratic presidential candidate on Wednesday whether he would support such legislation.
The Massachusetts senator said the country needs to talk about the injustices of American slavery and "address it head on."