Congresswoman Cori Bush introduced a “reparations” resolution Wednesday, May 17, calling for $14 trillion in reparations to people who were never slaves. She claims it will eliminate the racial wealth gap — though not addressing the numerous contributing factors such as single-mom led families with no fathers, increasing school drop-out rates and the accompanying skyrocketing crime and gang membership.
According to U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, a Missouri democrat, who is promoting the federal reparations bill, “H.R. 40 is the pathway for the governmental framework that will help restore national balance and unity in terms of wealth, healthcare, education, housing, and the criminal justice system. By passing H.R.40, Congress can start a movement toward the national reckoning we need to bridge racial divides.”
This absurdity was originally promoted by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who said, “Reparations are not a luxury for our people, but a human right long overdue for millions of Americans. The atrocities committed against black Americans are undeniable, and reparations are a tangible route to acknowledging and making amends to the glaring economic and social impacts of slavery and systemic racism. We must repair this damage.”
Slavery was not unique to the United States. It existed in ancient Egypt, where the slaves were white.
The American Civil War (April 12, 1861 – May 26, 1865) was fought to end slavery, with an estimated 620,000 to 750,000 soldiers dead, along with an undetermined number of civilian casualties, making the Civil War the deadliest military conflict in American history. The effort to end slavery was led by President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president.
Democrat Congresswomen Cori Bush and Sheila Jackson Lee are in need of remedial history studies.