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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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