U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker announced this week he will introduce a bill to form a commission for the study of reparation proposals for African-Americans.
Final legislative language of the bill will be filed shortly. The bill is the Senate companion to HR40, introduced earlier this year by Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
“Since slavery in this country, we have had overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African-Americans economically for generations,” Booker said. “Many of our bedrock domestic policies that have ushered millions of Americans into the middle class have systematically excluded Blacks through practices like GI Bill discrimination and redlining.”
Booker added that the bill is a way of addressing the persistence of racism, white supremacy and implicit racial bias. He also said it will bring together several experts to study the issue and propose solutions that will begin to right the wrongs of historical racial inequalities in America.
Several other Democratic presidential candidates have mentioned they support a commission to explore a solutions for reparations, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
During the National Action Network’s recent national convention, the Rev. Al Sharpton asked several candidates, including Beto O’Rourke, on whether they support a commission to explore reparations.
According to a survey from Data for Progress, 26 percent of Americans support some kind of reparations.