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House Holding Hearing on Slavery Reparations

HeadlineJun 19, 2019

The House Judiciary panel will hold a hearing today on reparations for slavery—the first hearing in over a decade on the subject. Among others, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor and activist Danny Glover are set to testify. The question of reparations is expected to be a key issue for black voters as the 2020 presidential campaign rolls out. Ahead of today’s hearing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked by reporter Eva McKend whether the government should issue a public apology for slavery.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea.”

Today’s hearing coincides with Juneteenth, the day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery.

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