Hakeem Jeffries, Pelosi’s likely replacement, supports commission to study slavery reparations
Rep. Hakeem Jefries is the top candidate to replace Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Leader ,. He supports legislation to examine the feasibility of offering reparations to descendants of enslaved persons.
Jeffries, D-N.Y., is one of nearly 200 co-sponsors of a bill to create a national commission to study and develop proposals on slavery reparations. The 13-member commission would be tasked with presenting appropriate remedies to the lingering negative effects of slavery and discrimination within the United States.
” The call for reparations is a commitment to enter into constructive dialogue about the role of slavery in shaping present-day conditions within our community and American society,” stated Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (a Texas Democrat) who authored the legislation.
Although the bill has failed to make progress in the Democratic-controlled House since 2019, its support has grown in recent years. Jeffries was one of the bill’s early supporters when it was first introduced in 2019.
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffreys stated, “The least that we can do is to study these historical wrongs.” “That’s all this Congress can do.”
During a hearing on the bill in the House Judiciary Committee last year, Jeffries said a study on reparations was the least that Congress could do after generations of injustice.
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“We’re not going to move on because after slavery, [there was] Jim Crow and the rise of the KKK,” Jeffries said at the time. “And the lynching plague. Plessy v. Ferguson. And Black Wall Street in 1921 destroyed.”
Representative Hakeem Jeffries is considered the best candidate to replace Nancy Pelosi in the role of House Democratic Leader next Congress.
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“This is a great country, we’ve come a long way, we still have a long way to go, we’re not perfect, but we’re marching to a more perfect union,” said Jeffries. “The least we can to do is to study these historical wrongs. This is the minimum that Congress can do. “
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Jeffries announced his bid to succeed Pelosi last week. The 52-year-old New Yorker has received nearly universal support for his ascension. His path was further cleared when Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat who chairs the nearly-100 member Congressional Progressive Caucus, opted to not mount a run of her own.
Haris Alic is a Fox News Digital politics reporter covering Congress.
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