Senator Chuck Schumer announced his support for racial reparations legislation this week; backing a plan to create a federal commission to study potential payments to the descendants of former American slaves.
“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told a small group of reporters Tuesday that he will support legislation proposed by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to establish a commission to study reparations for slavery,” reports Axios.
“As the top Democrat in the Senate, Schumer’s support strengthens not only the legislation’s future, but also benefits a continuing conversation on the reparations issue,” adds the website.
Senator Elizabeth Warren took the topic one-step further on the campaign trail; throwing her support behind reparations for America’s “gay and lesbian couples.”
“It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns—so they paid more in taxes. Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs,” posted Warren on social media.
It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns—so they paid more in taxes. Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs. https://t.co/OZQcfVilSs
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 23, 2019
Recent polls show that 60% of Americans oppose reparations, while just 32% support it.
Nearly all Democratic presidential candidates have offered their support for a “national conversation” on the controversial issue.
Failing presidential candidate Cory Booker introduced legislation earlier this year that would create a commission to study the topic.
“This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed,” said Booker.
Read the full report at Axios.