US Congress opens debate on bill for slavery reparations

US Congress opens debate on bill for slavery reparations. By Michael Mathes.

A US congressional committee voted on Thursday AEST to advance to the whole House of Representatives a bill on federal slavery reparation payments to African Americans. …

The bill passed the House of Representatives judiciary committee with a vote of 25 to 17 along strict party lines, with no Republicans voting to bring the bill in front of the whole lower house. …

Republicans acknowledged the evils of slavery, but they nonetheless spoke out against the legislation ,,,, “I would very much caution against going down this road,” House Republican Chip Roy told the session.

“It takes us away from the important dream of judging people by the content of their character and not the colour of their skin.”

About four million Africans and their descendants were enslaved in the original colonies and the US between 1619 and 1865, a history that some representatives described on Wednesday as “the original sin” of the US.

The US is in full self-destruct mode.

hat-tip Stephen Neil