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LISTEN: Rep. Jackson Lee Walks Back Reparations Bill

The Congresswoman says she just wants to “study” the idea of reparations.

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A U.S. Congresswoman from Texas is already walking back her reparations legislation after it drew the ire of the American public.

“The bill does not even go to that point [of addressing how reparations would be paid] because we want the study to go forward,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. “We want an assessment. I would be speculating as to how any of this will be addressed, but one could see institutional responses to institutions like historically black colleges, many of them formulated in the 1800’s. But again, I think the most important point is the establishment of the commission and not answering the question before the study and the facts have been completed.”

Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), said that he will introduce a bill to study reparations in the Senate. Both are now attempting to make it clear that they want to “study” reparations, not necessarily force Americans to pay them.

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“Well I’d like to be very thoughtful on this legislation, and I think the presidential candidates have likewise been thoughtful – they’ve read the bill,” Jackson Lee said. “The understand that it is the establishing of a commission for the first time in the history of the United States dealing with one of America’s greatest sins, and that was slavery. I think there’s no American that doesn’t understand that that was wrong then and wrong today.”

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City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”

There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.

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The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”

“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.

Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.

The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.

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Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”

Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.

Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:

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