Published on Jun 19, 2019
By Tony Lee
A House Judiciary subcommittee will hold hearings on reparations next Wednesday, marking the first time in more than a decade that the House will discuss potentially compensating the descendants of slaves.
“The Case for Reparations” author Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover are reportedly set to testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and the hearing’s stated purpose will be “to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice,” according to a Thursday Associated Press report.
The June 19 hearing also “coincides with Juneteenth, a cultural holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved blacks in America.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who sits on the subcommittee, again introduced H.R. 40 earlier this year to create a reparations commission. Jackson Lee said her bill would create a commission “to study the impact of slavery and continuing discrimination against African-Americans, resulting directly and indirectly from slavery to segregation to the desegregation process and the present day.” She added in January that the “commission would also make recommendations concerning any form of apology and compensation to begin the long delayed process of atonement for slavery.”
“The impact of slavery and its vestiges continues to effect African Americans and indeed all Americans in communities throughout our nation,” Jackson Lee said. “This legislation is intended to examine the institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies. Since the initial introduction of this legislation, its proponents have made substantial progress in elevating the discussion of reparations and reparatory justice at the national level and joining the mainstream international debate on the issues. Though some have tried to deflect the importance of these conversations by focusing on individual monetary compensation, the real issue is whether and how this nation can come to grips with the legacy of slavery that still infects current society. Through legislation, resolutions, news, and litigation, we are moving closer to making more strides in the movement toward reparations.”
Jackson Lee argued that despite the progress of African-Americans in the private sector, education, and the government in addition to “the election of the first American President of African descent, the legacy of slavery lingers heavily in this nation.”
“While we have focused on the social effects of slavery and segregation, its continuing economic implications remain largely ignored by mainstream analysis,” she continued. “These economic issues are the root cause of many critical issues in the African-American community today, such as education, healthcare and criminal justice policy, including policing practices. The call for reparations represents a commitment to entering a constructive dialogue on the role of slavery and racism in shaping present-day conditions in our community and American society.”
In the Senate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a 2020 presidential candidate, introduced the companion legislation, saying creating a reparations committee “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,” Booker said in April.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in addition to nearly every Democrat running for president, has endorsed Jackson Lee’s bill.
And though Coates praised Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-CA) this week on the reparations issue, Warren, like nearly every other 2020 Democrat with the exception of former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, has squirrelly dodged questions about whether the United States government should make cash payments to the descendants of slaves.
By Chris Menahan
Shocking video showing a pregnant woman being “randomly attacked” by a group of teenagers is getting little to no coverage in the national media, for unknown reasons.
A pregnant woman’s pained screams could be heard in a Quincy courtroom Thursday as Judge Mark Coven watched a video that prosecutors say shows the woman being beaten by two Quincy teenagers outside a downtown post office.
The Patriot Ledger reported that after watching the video, Coven ruled that the two defendants, Tyrese D. Johnson-Nurse, 19, and David D. Russell, 18, could pose a danger to the public and ordered that they adhere to additional conditions, including wearing a GPS monitor, if released. The two had been held behind bars since their arrest Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault and battery on a pregnant woman and assault and battery.
[…] “This is two guys involved in a very brutal incident,” Coven said from the bench. ”(Russell) was beating the hell out of this poor pregnant woman.”
A search of Google News shows the story was ignored by all the biggest media outlets and only covered by local news as well as the online-only website Law and Crime:
By Alana Mastrangelo
PragerU announced on Wednesday that YouTube has placed another of its videos in “restricted mode,” meaning that not everyone who visits the video-sharing website will be able to watch it. The restricted video is of Candace Owens’ powerful testimony before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.
YouTube has placed yet another PragerU video in “restricted mode,” according to the organization.
This time, the restricted video is of Candace Owens’ testimony before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, which had created several viral moments, one of which has also recently become the most watched C-SPAN video of a House hearing on Twitter.
When YouTube puts a video in “restricted mode,” it means that the video is censored from all users that have enabled the website’s restricted mode feature, which typically include libraries, schools, public institutions, or in any setting where viewers may belong to a younger demographic.
The restricted mode feature is used in order to block videos that have been deemed inappropriate, such as pornography or violence.
“RESTRICTED: @Youtube has placed our video of @RealCandaceO’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in restricted mode,” tweeted PragerU on Wednesday, “Why is Youtube trying to prevent people from hearing Candace’s words?”
“@YouTube clearly has a political bias against conservatives,” continued PragerU in a second tweet, “It just placed our video of @RealCandaceO in restricted mode.”
This is not the first of PragerU’s videos to have ended up on YouTube’s restriction list. According to the organization’s founder, Dennis Prager, 80 of their 400 videos are on a restricted list, meaning that the videos are “lumped with pornography and violence, so that kids in libraries and schools can’t see them,” said Prager.
“If you are not on the left, you are to be shut down,” said Prager to Breitbart News in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily last February, “We have never, ever had anything like this in American history.”
“We are in a dark age because of the left’s control of Silicon Valley, academia, and media,” added Prager, “It’s a dark age that we are living in right now, and it is entirely left-wing induced.”
By Robert Kraychik
Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, spoke with host Rebecca Mansour and Red Pilled America co-founder Patrick Courrielche on Monday’s edition of Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Tonight and described Democrats’ push for “reparations” as a racial political strategy born from fear that President Trump is “making inroads” with black voters.
Reparations poll “about 25 percent support,” said Hanson. “It doesn’t even poll a majority of support among African Americans, so it’s not so much a serious issue as a campaign issue. It’s sort of like the Green New Deal or the 90 percent income tax or the wealth tax.”
Hanson continued, “These are all talking points, but I think the people who are serious in the Democratic Party must know that if any candidate emerges from their convention with those albatrosses around their neck, they’re going to lose. Everybody knows it’s unworkable. The contradictions just jump out at you.”
Hanson examined the arbitrary nature of defining parameters for who qualifies as “African American.”
“How do you define African American?” asked Hanson. “Is somebody 25 percent African American? Seventy percent? Ten percent? Do we prorate? Do we use the old Confederacy’s one-drop rule? Do you prorate reparations based on your DNA analysis?”
Hanson added, “What do you do with people like Barack Obama, who have no relatives directly in America [who were slaves]? Or what do you do with someone like Kamala Harris, whose own father said that as a Caribbean, his family owned slaves?”
“What do you do with other groups?” asked Hanson. “Do the Irish make claims? Do the Hispanics make claims? It would open up a tribal chaotic mess in the way that you see in the Balkans or Rwanda or Iraq.”
Al Sharpton’s role in Democrats’ promotion of “reparations” is a testament to his power within the Democrat Party, said Hanson.
“It’s being promoted by Al Sharpton — of all people — [who has a] record of racism, inciting a riot, antisemitism, [and] fraud,” stated Hanson. “It’s highly ironic. I never thought in my life I would live to see this faker — who in the eighties and nineties was directly responsible for violence, homophobic statements, racist statements, antisemitic statements, [and] inciting somebody in a riot situation which killed somebody — become the power-broker, maybe, of the Democratic Party. It’s very sad and pathetic.”
“If some white person, so-called, if we can even just adjudicate who’s white and who’s not, but if you could, if somebody who’s a welder over here in Fowler or Reedley, California, that makes $40,000 a year, you’re going to tax them to transfer money to Oprah or Beyonce?” asked Hanson. “It has no sensitivity to class.”
Hanson went on. “Class is really the more important adjudicator of privilege in this country, and as part of this strange progressive phenomenon where people who have privilege — mostly white, but not always white — virtue signal by damning people who don’t have white privilege as if they’re uncouth or racist or xenophobic.”
Hanson added, “So we have all these Malibu and TV stars always talking about white privilege, but as we saw with the college admissions scandal, they exercise white privilege, and yet, in the public domain, they’re always accusing other people.”
“Beto O’Rourke grew up with white privilege that got him off on a number of crimes that other people would have paid a much more severe price for,” remarked Hanson. “He talks about white privilege. Bernie Sanders has had a lot of white privilege. He owns three homes. He talks of white privilege. Joe Biden has talked of white privilege and white toxic masculinity. He’s got white privilege. Who are they addressing? Who does have the white privilege that they’re angry at?”
Democrats’ push for “reparations” is a political boon for President Donald Trump’s re-election hopes, estimated Hanson.
“It’s a prescription for the re-election of Donald Trump because somebody in Wisconsin or Michigan or rural Colorado listens to this, and he says, ‘I never had any white privilege. I’m a working person with average income, if that, and I have this very wealthy white liberal person who’s pointing his finger at me for some, I don’t know, careerist reason or psychological projection or guilt or virtue signaling for his careerist concerns.’” stated Hanson. “Whatever the motive is, it’s incoherent.”
Hanson assessed, “It’s creating an anger, as is all of these Democratic positions. They’re in this echo chamber where they think they can just pontificate and sermonize to one another.”
Hanson stated, “But what they don’t understand is that people are watching this circus, and they’re shocked at what they’re hearing, whether it’s infanticide as legal abortion or reparations or the New Green Deal and outlawing internal combustion engines in 12 years or a wealth tax on previously taxed income that’s now somebody’s private property or Medicare for everybody, breaking the old idea you pay in when you’re younger so you can receive it when you’re older, or cancellation of all student debt, as if somebody who’s driving a truck at 18 is supposed to pay for some social justice warrior who’s 26 and taking six years of classes and borrowing for his tuition.”
“It’s really an affront to people, ” declared Hanson, “and I think that’s why none of these issues are polling 51 percent.”
“I understand that Donald Trump is controversial and can be uncouth, but he does have a record this time, and that record is going to be fed against these issues,” noted Hanson, “and they’re going to get more and more aggressive, and more and more far-left. At least Barack Obama understood that. They’re going to demand more and more signs of purity and fealty to the progressive movement, and it’s like they’re hitting the gas pedal as they’re going over a cliff.”
Democrats’ push for “reparations” amounts to a get-out-the-vote campaign and strategy for black voters in 2020’s presidential election, determined Hanson.
“I’ve seen one poll. It’s about 20 to 25 percent of the American people support reparations. Through the federal government, take measures for the ancestors of people who were held in slavery. The majority of African Americans, not the great majority, but the majority of them don’t approve of it. So what’s the point of the issue, then? The point of the issue is to reclaim the formula or chemistry that Barack Obama used when he got about a 70 percent turnout of the African American vote, and of that turnout, he won 96 percent.”
Hanson added, “So in key states like Pennsylvania or Michigan or Wisconsin, the Milwaukee vote or the Detroit-Ann Arbor vote or the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh vote, just overwhelm the rural areas, and that didn’t happen in 2016. So the Democrats are thinking, ‘Wow, we’ve got to go back and double-down on these constituencies.’ But they’re not Barack Obama. They’re not the first African American presidential candidate. They’re not as charismatic, and we’ve been there before.”
Hanson said, “I don’t see how it’s a winning strategy. They’re bequeathing Obama’s unpopularity with the so-called clingers or deplorables, but they’re not getting the benefit of this popularity with minority communities.”
Democrats fear Trump’s improved appeal to black voters relative to Republican predecessors, deduced Hanson.
“The second motive is also fear because when Trump has achieved the lowest African American and Hispanic unemployment in history, and when he’s talking about an open border driving down wages of entry-level workers, and he’s attacked the Democratic Party for being too pro-abortion or approving infanticide, which has been epidemic among minority communities, or he’s attacking the Democrats as being anti-Catholic, which is really the majority religion of Hispanics, they’re afraid that he’s making inroads,” Hanson said.
Hanson added, “[Donald Trump] doesn’t have to make a lot of inroads. He can get 40 percent of the Hispanic vote, 20 percent of the African American vote, and they’re pretty much done if he does that because in these key swing states, they just don’t resonate anymore among the working white middle class voters.”
Mexican Americans are not supportive of an open border or the status quo of illegal immigration, said Hanson.
“When you talk to them — I have Mexican American people in my own family — they tell you that they don’t want open borders because gang members come up and they bully Mexican American kids that don’t speak Spanish or are not heavily tattooed, or they so flood the schools that they have to stop advanced placement tests for their kids and have English-as-a-second-language courses,” explained Hanson.
Hanson shared, “A woman I know very well — I’ve known her my whole life — she tells me that she can’t get her dialysis timely because people have flooded the border. They’re coming to our community … and the dialysis clinics are flooded.”
Hanson remarked, “This idea from all these social justice warriors … they all want to tell everybody how empathetic they are about the treatment of foreign nationals on the border. They don’t really care about their own fellow citizens.”
Hanson went on, “They have this racialist idea that brown is noble and ‘poor them,’ but it’s not. People are people. They make these decisions based on logic and self-interest.”
Trump has an opportunity to expand his political appeal among Hispanic voters, assessed Hanson.
“If Trump is adroit and careful, he’s going to win about 45 percent of that vote,” estimated Hanson. “Any Mexican American citizen that I know of who’s over the age of 40 and doesn’t speak Spanish very well, and that’s about half, they’re going to vote for Trump.”
“It won’t matter in California or Texas, but it will matter in places like Virginia and Nevada and Colorado, and maybe even places like New Mexico, and that’s why you’re seeing this fanatic elite — mostly elite liberal, a Biden, a Beto, a Bernie effort — to outdo each other in terms of identity politics. But I think most people look at them, and they think these people are just wealthy, silly white people,” concluded Hanson.
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