‘Why Not Now?’ for Slavery Reparations, House Panel is Told

A resolution to study reparations was first proposed in 1989 by retired Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, who put it forward year after year.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on reparations, spotlighting the debate over whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves in the United States. The witnesses at the House Judiciary subcommittee included actor and activist Danny Glover, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a Democratic presidential candidate. Coates, who drew new attention to the issue with his…

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