Well it’s that time of year again.
Congress just was sworn in January 3.
So it means time for the Congressional Black Caucus to re-introduce the reparations bill.
Specifically, Michigan Rep. John Conyers and his fellow CBC members have “re-introduced legislation that would set up a commission to consider whether reparations should be paid to black Americans for slavery,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Conyers has reportedly been proposing the bill every year for at least two decades. As noted by the Examiner, the bill would also consider the prospect of the federal government issuing a formal apology for the “racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans.”
The bill allegedly responds to the “fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States.”
Slavery was a reprehensible institution that harmed the lives of millions. It deserves every condemnation.
The question of reparations 150 years after the fact, however, inherently would involve payment from those who had nothing to do with the horrible institution, whose ancestors had nothing to do with it either.
It also has inherent problems in that if you pay based on being black, not every black person had ancestors who were slaves.
Not to mention, no person alive today ever was a slave in the United States, at least not through the agency of the U.S. government.
Conyers keeps pushing it, but it doubtless will meet the same fate as his other tries.