Cory Booker Introduces Senate Bill on Slavery Reparations
Senator and Democrat presidential candidate Cory Booker has introduced a bill that would study the possibility of reparations for descendants of slaves, embracing a push that recently has caught the interest of fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, according to reports.
The senator from New Jersey said; “..this bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed.”
The measure is a Senate companion to a bill introduced in the House of Representatives in January by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, which if passed into law would set up a commission to study the impact of slavery and continued discrimination against black Americans and make recommendations on reparation proposals for the descendants of slaves. The legislation was first introduced 30 years ago by then-Rep. John Conyers of Michigan.
“Since slavery in this country, we have had overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African-Americans economically for generations,” Booker added. “Many of our bedrock domestic policies that have ushered millions of Americans into the middle class have systematically excluded blacks through practices like GI Bill discrimination and redlining.”
Besides Booker, the idea of slavery reparations for black Americans is at least partially backed by at least eight other Democratic presidential contenders. They are Sen. Kamala Harris of California; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who served as housing secretary under President Barack Obama; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; and businessman and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Several of them were asked specifically about Jackson Lee’s reparations bill during a conference last week of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
The push by the Democratic White House hopefuls points to the further importance of race and identity issues within the party. Yet while supporters say reparations are needed to address slavery and racist aspects of American history, critics claim such a move could cost several trillion dollars without solving the issue of racism.
Cory Booker Also Wants Government Meal Control?
Cory Booker told the vegan magazine VegNews earlier this month that he became vegan after coming to the realization that eating eggs “didn’t align with my spirit.”
While claiming he does not want to lecture Americans on their diets, Cory Booker says Americans need to be ‘nudged’ into fake cheese because the planet cannot sustain the “environmental impact” of the food industry.
“You see the planet earth moving towards what is the Standard American Diet,” Booker said. “We’ve seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry.”
“The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact,” he said. “It’s just not possible.”
The number-one reason for rain-forest destruction now is animal grazing land. We see greenhouse producing gases produced; the devastating impact is just not practical. The numbers just don’t add up.
Cory Booker, of course, talks out of both sides of his mouth on this. He also says, “This doesn’t mean, in any way, getting rid of animal farming,” but then says we need to get rid of animal farming unless run by small and mid-sized farmers, which would dramatically raise the cost of meat, pricing the poor into unhealthier choices. Because, let’s be honest, people aren’t going to embrace veganism.
In the past, most democrats have hidden their socialist goals and tenancies, but the 2018 elections changed all of that. Emboldened elected servants like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cory Booker have signed on to the concepts behind the Green New Deal. The proposal basically hands government unprecedented control over most of American society.
There were 42 men and women running for offices at the federal, state and local levels in 2018 with the formal endorsement of the Democratic Socialists of America. They spanned 20 states, including Florida, Hawaii, Kansas and Michigan.