US House Holds Raucous Hearing Into Slavery Reparations

WUNC, Thursday, June 20, 2019
House Judiciary Committee heard testimony about government reparations for African Americans. For the first time in more than a decade the House held a hearing related to reparations legislation, which was first introduced 30 years ago. Nearly 60 House Democrats have voiced their... Read More »

America is having an unprecedented debate about reparations. What comes next?

Vox, Thursday, June 20, 2019
Recent months have touched off a renewed debate about what exactly is owed to the descendants of enslaved men and women after centuries of bondage and legalized discrimination. On Wednesday morning, that debate entered the halls of Congress as a small panel of academics, activists, and... Read More »

Black People’s Land Was Stolen

New York Times, Thursday, June 20, 2019
A House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday held the first hearing in over a decade on the issue of reparations for black Americans. The hearing took place, fittingly, on the Juneteenth holiday, commemorating the announcement of the end of slavery in the United States, and five years... Read More »

How reparations for American descendants of slavery could narrow the racial wealth divide

NBC News, Thursday, June 20, 2019
On June 19, activists and lawmakers gathered for a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the topic of reparations — whether the United States government should provide compensation to the descendants of slaves. The issue, which remains controversial, has recently gathered momentum... Read More »

Duke professor outlines definition of reparations

The Washington Post, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Duke University professor William Darity outlined the three components of reparations on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on June 19. Watch the video here. 

Where Mitch McConnell’s rationale for not exploring reparations falls short

The Washington Post, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Congress is examining the topic of reparations for the descendants of slaves for the first time in more than a decade Wednesday. But while the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties is interested enough to consider the topic, it will be a... Read More »

What you need to know about reparations after the first congressional hearing convened on the topic in more than a decade

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, the Democratic presidential candidate from New Jersey; the actor Danny Glover; the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates; and many others were there. The subject on Wednesday was reparations for slavery, at the first congressional hearing on the topic in more than a decade, on a bill... Read More »

House panel hears the case for reparations

Marketplace, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Congress is marking Juneteenth with a hearing on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. June 19 marks the anniversary of when some enslaved African Americans finally received news in 1865 that they were free more than two years... Read More »

Ta-Nehisi Coates tears into McConnell for slavery comments

Axios, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
"For a century after the Civil War black people were subjected to a relentless campaign of terror, a campaign that extended well into the lifetime of Majority Leader McConnell. It is tempting to divorce this modern campaign of terror, of plunder, from enslavement, but the logic of enslavement, of... Read More »

At Historic Hearing, House Panel Explores Reparations

New York Times, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
WASHINGTON — Frail but sharp at 88, the Rev. Doris Sherman woke up at 4 a.m. on Wednesday to travel here from Philadelphia for an event that, even after the nation elected its first black president, she never thought she would see: a meeting in the capital of the United States on reparations for... Read More »