Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez floated one idea that had Black Lives Matter jumping for joy
Black Lives Matter is the most powerful political force in America at the moment.
This thrills Democrats who think they can ride that wave to victory in November.
And now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez floated one idea that had Black Lives Matter jumping for joy.
June 19 is “Juneteenth,” which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
The day took on added significance in the wake of the George Floyd riots and Democrats are now using the holiday to try and appeal to the protestors to get them to turn out and vote in November.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was at the front of his parade pressing Democrats to use Juneteenth to pass H.R. 40, which is legislation proposed by Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to set up a commission to study how the United States government can pay reparations for slavery.
“To celebrate, let’s pass legislation that makes Juneteenth a national holiday and enact H.R. 40, Rep @JacksonLeeTX18’s Commission on Reparations,” Ocasio-Coretez.
Jackson-Lee’s legislation reads:
To address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.
BET Founder Robert Johnson said this number should start at $14 trillion to be paid out to be approximately 40 million black residents in the United States.
This is a very controversial piece of legislation.
Many Americans oppose it as unworkable and unfair.
But there is little doubt that is Joe Biden wins the Presidential election it will be a top agenda item for Democrats.