Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell mentioned Tuesday that he opposes reparations for the descendants of slaves, arguing that “it will be fairly laborious to determine who to compensate.”
McConnell (R-Ky.) made the remarks at his weekly information convention with reporters forward of a Home subcommittee listening to on the problem Wednesday.
“I don’t assume reparations for one thing that occurred 150 years in the past — for [which] none of us at present residing are accountable — is a good suggestion,” McConnell mentioned when requested whether or not he helps reparations or, if not, whether or not he backs the thought of a public apology from Congress.
Wednesday’s listening to of the Home Judiciary Subcommittee on the Structure, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, titled “H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice,” will embrace testimony from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), author Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover, amongst others.
The listening to comes as numerous contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nod have thrown their assist behind reparations. As The Washington Put up’s Eugene Scott notes, the listening to can also be set to coincide with the observance of Juneteenth, a day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black folks in the USA.
Along with noting that the perpetrators of slavery are lifeless, McConnell argued that “it will be fairly laborious to determine who to compensate.”
“We’ve had waves of immigrants as properly who’ve come to the nation and skilled dramatic discrimination of 1 variety or one other,” he mentioned. “So no, I don’t assume reparations are a good suggestion.”
He additionally contended that the nation has addressed its historic racial injustices, partially by means of the election of President Barack Obama.
“We’ve tried to cope with our unique sin of slavery by preventing a Civil Battle, by passing landmark civil rights laws,” he mentioned. “We’ve elected an African American president. I feel we’re all the time a piece in progress on this nation.”
McConnell’s citing of Obama’s election prompted some critics to notice that he beforehand mentioned stopping Obama’s reelection was a high Republican precedence.
“The one most important factor we wish to obtain is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” McConnell instructed Nationwide Journal journal in October 2010.