Skip to comments.Congressman to push again for reparations legislation (John Conyers of Michigan)
Posted on 05/02/2014 11:06:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. said he will re-introduce in the 113th Congress legislation that calls for a seven-member commission to study reparations for African-Americans.
It is the most important piece of legislation I have ever introduced, and I will re-introduce HR40 in the 113th Congress, Conyers (D., Mich.) told the 400 attendees at the Revitalizing The Reparations Movement conference last week at Chicago State University. The 113th Congress first met Jan. 3, 2013.
He made his comments in the wake of 14 Caribbean nations demanding reparations and apology from Britain and other European countries for the trans-Atlantic slave trade. If the countries fail to negotiate with the Caribbean nations, they will sue them in the World Court, which is located in The Hague, The Netherlands. Thus far, Sweden is the only country that has indicated a willingness to negotiate reparations.
Introduced in 1989
Conyers said the actions by the Caribbean nations will revitalize the reparations movement in the United States. I think it is going to be a springboard for reparations, he said.
Conyers first introduced the legislation, titled Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act, in 1989 during the 101th Congress. The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where Conyers is the ranking member.
The eight-page piece of legislation, which was co-introduced by U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D., Va.), said the 4 million Africans and their descendants were enslaved in the United States and colonies that became the United States from 1619 to 1865.
The government sanctioned slavery from 1789 through 1865, enabling it to flourish. At the same time, it deprived Africans of life, liberty, citizenship rights, and their cultural heritage. In addition, slavery denied them the fruits of their own labor.
What it would study
The Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act would study the lingering negative effects of slavery and discrimination and recommend appropriate remedies in consideration of the Commissions findings.
In addition, the commission would examine defacto discrimination against freed slaves and their descendants from the end of the Civil War to the present, including economic, political, and social discrimination.
The commission would hold hearings and submit a written report. Conyers said he wants to hold hearings in Washington, D.C. about reparations for African-Americans.
He said, If the Republican Congress blocks the hearings, I will hold them throughout the country.
Dude, that was like 150 years ago. What possible difference does it make at this point?
3 of my ancestors fought in the union army. My family’s debt is paid threefold.
Conyers first was elected to the House in 1964.
He needs to go he is 85 and living in the past.
Get out of my house!
Did he ever mow his grass? Is he going to pay reparations for being a slum lord? Treating ‘his people’ poorly? Didn’t think so. Blood sucking scum.
slavery ended in 1865, so, the question is, what difference does it make at this point?
Do you think they really want this to pass? Maybe they should let them pass it and see where it gets them?
Well my family is a late comer having arrived on these shores starting in 1951, but I have to say that I agree with Conyers. I agree with him that is as long as he is seeking reparations from the tribal chiefs in Africa that first sold their people into slavery and the MUSLIMS who first bought them!
Otherwise I believe that Americans have paid plenty with blood,limbs and lives and decades of forced reparations through socialist programs.
Welfareism was the liberal reparation for slavery and separatism. Blacks who couldn’t overcome the legacy of slavery got the consolation prize. No amount of money will help blacks beat the legacy of welfarism. Jobs would help, but the Obamaconomy doesn’t do jobs.
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... as long as he is seeking reparations from the tribal chiefs in Africa that first sold their people into slavery and the MUSLIMS who first bought them!
Otherwise I believe that Americans have paid plenty with blood,limbs and lives and decades of forced reparations through socialist programs.
A really great posting!!
Events that occur 2 years ago are 'old news' and 'what difference, at this point, does it make'.
But events that occur 150 years ago are crucial and require immediate action.
Eff off, Conyers, you nagger.
Paid in full during the War on Poverty and similar total failures.
We punish drug dealers more severely than drug users. Therefore seek reparations from the slave dealers; North African muslims.
I demand reparations for whites because the DO”J”
has directed attacks on whites, hispanics, Jews,
and Christians by blacks.
REPARATIONS NOW. TO BE PAID BY ALL BLACKS and DNC.
One time offer, take it or leave it to include future offspring.
Put him on that island thats tipping over
They know it’ll never pass, but it gets the folks back in their districts fired up.
Pass the bill and pay any living former slave and be done with it .....
He’s been doing it every year for 25 years and nothing happens. Why should this year be any different?
He’s effin senile
FU Conyers and all you anti-white AH’s
john conyers (communist,detroit) is not even on the ballot this election cycle....
turns out his people were not qualified by state law to gather signatures on his nomination petition..
buh bye commie..
My family came here in the early 1900’s, fought in two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and now Afghanistan and Iraq.....We don’t owe anyone squat.
His ballot problem (assuming it isn’t solved for him by co-conspirators and/or enablers) is probably the prime motivation behind this move.
I want the other democrat to win just to remove Conyers.
Reparations is restitution. Indeed. Those who committed crimes that deprived their victims of property and liberty should pay the price.
It is just that those who committed these crimes and their victims are long since gone.
And ghosts are not people and not subject to this jurisdiction, Mr. Conyers.
And let’s have some fairness in this reparations scam. My ancestors came here as Irish indentured servants. Where’s my reparations? Huh? Huh?
Not only that, they should also have to pay the GOP reparations for the lives lost in fighting to end slavery, and for the attacks on Republicans during the civil rights struggle up to the 60s.
We’ve been paying reparations for decades already: Food stamps, welfare checks, Obama phones, etc.
Republicans would be smart to simply, for a change, step back and say, “well, it’s free country. Let Mr Conyer present whatever he wishes to the American people, and we’ll see how they feel about it.”
While you’re at it, how about reparations for the Irish, and the Chinese, and Mexicans...and Greeks, like me. My Dad came to this country and shined shoes as a teenager, and someone kicked him in the stomach instead of paying him. It was in the 20s, and I think the guy owed him like 25 cents.
With interest, it might quite a bit by now....
Slavery, was outlawed in many states was it not? Why would people in Idaho have to pay reparations, or California for that matter or Texas. I think this is basically in the South, no?
So, come down here to Georgia, John, and see how far you get with this one. Owe, and while you’re at it, be sure to tell us what an Uncle Tom Clarence Thomas is, as you know what you’re doing is illegal and contrary to our constitution.
If slavery, was legal in this country, how can we go back and say it was illegal? That would be like two gay guys getting married where it’s legal, then one guy goes to Texas where it’s illegal and gets a divorce.
I heard somewhere that he’s not running again, but is thinking of putting his name in as a write in candidate? Is this true? ROTFLMAO....
Yeah, nothing like keeping all the races happy and harmonious.
How about some reparations paid by all the liberal black democrats to black woman they pushed to have abortions?
It amazes me how many smart black people in this country are so blind to the people and organizations of their own race that keep them still in material and spiritual poverty.
What about the trillions in transfer payments? Hey Conyers, we've forked over trillions. Did you forget about those reparations?
I don’t believe Michigan was ever a slave state. We didn’t even become a state till 1838 and then we were a hotbed of abolition and Freesoil ideology.
Let’s pay the living survivors of slavery... only. No one else...why stop at blacks? Whites came here as servants, so they were slaves, too.
My family came here in the 1920s. We didn’t own slaves, we were servants.
REPARATIONS? SEND THE BILL TO THE KKK PARTY!!!
Soros and Hollywood will put the dough
An Open Letter to the Democratic Party (From Black Republican Woman)
Lincoln Heritage Institute ^ | 3-18-08 | Lt. Colonel Frances Rice,
We, African American citizens of the United States, declare and assert:
Whereas in the early 1600s 20 African men and women were landed in Virginia from a Dutch ship as slaves and from that tiny seed grew the poisoned fruit of plantation slavery which shaped the course of American development,
Whereas reconciliation and healing always begin with an apology and an effort to repay those who have been wronged,
Whereas the Democratic Party has never apologized for their horrific atrocities and racist practices committed against African Americans during the past two hundred years, nor for the residual impact that those atrocities and practices and current soft bigotry of low expectations are having on us today,
Whereas the Democratic Party fought to expand slavery and, after the Civil War, established Jim Crow Laws, Black Codes and other repressive legislation that were designed to disenfranchise African Americans,
Whereas the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, and their primary goal was to intimidate and terrorize African American voters, Republicans who moved South to protect African Americans and any other whites who supported them,
Whereas, according to leading historians (both black and white), the horrific atrocities committed against African Americans during slavery and Reconstruction were financed, sponsored, and promoted by the Democratic Party and their Ku Klux Klan supporters,
Whereas from 1870 to 1930, in an effort to deny African Americans their civil rights and to keep African Americans from voting Republican, thousands of African Americans were shot, beaten, lynched, mutilated, and burned to death by Ku Klux Klan terrorists from the Democratic Party,
Whereas Democratic Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission,
Whereas the Democratic party has used racist demagoguery to deceive African Americans about the history of the Republican Party that: (a) started as the anti-slavery party in 1854, (b) fought to free African Americans from slavery, (c) designed Reconstruction, a ten-year period of unprecedented political power for African Americans, (d) passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting African Americans freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote, (e) passed the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 granting African Americans protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations, (f) passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 granting African Americans protection from the Jim Crow laws, (g) established Affirmative Action programs to help African Americans proper with Republican President Richard Nixons 1969 Philadelphia Plan that set the first goals and timetables and his 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act that made Affirmative Action Programs the law of our nation, and (h) never sponsored or launched a program, passed laws, or engaged in practices that resulted in the death of millions of African Americans,
Whereas Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka (a 1954 decision by Chief Justice Earl Warren who was appointed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower) was a landmark civil rights case that was designed to overturn the racist practices that were established by the Democratic Party,
Whereas after Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt received the vote of African Americans, he banned African American newspapers from the military shortly after taking office because he was convinced the newspapers were communists,
Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Law, opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was later criticized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for ignoring civil rights issues.
Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy authorized the FBI (supervised by his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy) to investigate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on suspicion of being a communist,
Whereas Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, made a 14-hour filibuster speech in the Senate in June 1964 in an unsuccessful effort to block passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and was heralded in April 2004 by Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd as a senator who would have been a great leader during the Civil War,
Whereas when the 1964 Civil Rights Act came up for vote, Senator Al Gore, Sr. and the rest of the Southern Democrats voted against the bill,
Whereas in the House of Representatives only 61 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act as compared to 80 percent of Republicans, and in the Senate only 69 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, compared to 82 percent of the Republicans,
Whereas Democratic President Bill Clinton sent troops to Europe to protect the citizens of Bosnia and Kosovo while allowing an estimated 800,000 black Rwandans to be massacred in Africa, vetoed the welfare reform law twice before signing it, and refused to comply with a court order to have shipping companies develop an Affirmative Action Plan,
Whereas Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore created harmful racial division when he falsely claimed that the 2000 presidential election was stolen from him and that African Americans in Florida were disenfranchised, even though a second recount of Florida votes by the Miami Herald and a consortium of major news organizations confirmed that he lost the election, and a ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared that African Americans were not denied the right to vote,
Whereas the Democratic Partys soft bigotry of low expectations and social promotions have consigned African Americans to economic bondage and created a culture of dependency on government social programs,
Whereas the Democratic Partys use of deception and fear to block welfare reform, the faith-based initiative and school choice that would help African Americans prosper is consistent with the Democratic Partys heritage of racism that included sanctioning of slavery and kukluxery, a perversion of moral sentiment among leaders of the Democratic Party whose racist legacy bode ill until this generation of African Americans,
Now, therefore, for the above and other documented atrocities and accumulated wrongs inflicted upon African Americans, we demand a formal written apology and other appropriate remuneration from the leadership of the Democratic party.