Dem Rep Sheila Jackson Lee Calls For Congress To Pass Her Reparations Bill At DC March

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) called for reparations today at the DC March and called for Congress to pass her bill to study how to pay reparations to African Americans.

“I understand the words of, Dr. Martin Luther King said that the Negro people have been given a bad check.”

“A check which has come to be marked ‘insufficient funds. Today we stop the insufficient funds, and we put money in the bank because we’ve got to heal this nation.”

“We will not stop until the nation knows Black Lives Matter, and reparations are passed as the most significant civil rights legislation of the 21st century,” Jackson Lee said.

“We ask you not to send tweets that we are attacking you as a mob because a militia walks around freely and shoots us without anyone’s concern,” she said.

From The Hill:

Jackson Lee referenced the police shootings as a reason why “we can’t wait” to pass the reparations bill and another bill she co-sponsored, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House in June but has stalled in the Senate following the introduction of a competing GOP measure.

“We can’t wait when those assigned to protect and serve are able to grab the T-shirt of a Black man named Jacob and point a gun in his black skin and shoot seven times,” she said.

Jackson Lee’s bill would fund a committee to explore whether Black Americans should receive reparations for slavery.

 It does not directly introduce payments to those harmed by slavery and its legacy, but the commission — composed of members appointed by the White House and both chambers of Congress — would study racial iniquities and recommend policy solutions.