H.R. 40 Reparations Bill: Change it or Kill it

Reparations are owed to the American descendants of slavery and must be enacted sooner rather than later. Despite being a fringe idea with decades dismal congressional support as reported by Wall Street Journal for the past 30 years, H.R. 40, the reparations bill, has finally received the congressional co-sponsors it deserves. Furthermore, our government, via the federal reserve, has shown the capacity to dole out trillions out of thin air. Despite the position of the first black president, the politically educated advocates from the ADOS community in 2018 rallied enough support to get reparations the congressional advocacy it deserves and as a topic during the 2020 democratic primaries

What is wrong with H.R. 40?

Although H.R. 40 will play a vital role in addressing the 400-year-old war waged on ADOS communities, the bill is in serious need of edits since its introduction in 1989 by Congressman Conyers. Currently, Sheila Lee Jackson, Steve Cohen, and Jerrold Nadler are the current players surrounding the markup (edits/changes), scheduling to a vote on HR40. In its current state, HR40 will need to either be revised or be remade (first after dying on the floor). H.R. 40, as it is, is woefully insufficient in addressing the needs American descendants of slavery are facing in the 21-first Century. 

What can you do for H.R. 40 and this election cycle?

The only solution at this time is for concerned citizens (like yourself) is to reach out to Steven Cohen, Jerrold Nadler, and Jackson for the edits and scheduling of H.R. 40. Another way to put on the pressure is to get reps to commit to voting for a different speaker of the house who will prioritize reparations if the H.R. 40 bill is not up for a vote by the end of 2020. All our congressional candidates are up for reelection. If they are getting pressure from black constituents and others, they will be more inclined to adopt less anti-black stances in their policymaking due to the pressure. 


If they are getting pressure from black constituents and others, they will be more inclined to adopt less anti-black stances in their policymaking due to the pressure. 


Through a legislative investment loophole by Congress, formerly enslaved people lost a total of nearly $3 million via The Freedman’s Savings bank. Proper wording in legislation is essential, and it is the reason why H.R. 40 needs edits.

Lastly, if the presidential tickets do not support the edited form of H.R. 40 or the black agenda items, utilize down-ballot voting for those state and local congressional candidates that support or align with politics within the black agenda outlined in ados101.com. Hopefully, reparations can move to the next phase during this election cycle.  If traction is not a possibility, then HR40 must die on the floor and be reborn into the bill fitting the 400-year legacy of a people who’s shouldered the cost of the building of America’s infrastructure. One thing we can count on is the fact of the unknown. No one foresaw that a pandemic would create the conditions that would result in the need for reparations ADOS community. The present is always good to advocate for reparations. Especially with the recent protests against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the ongoing rallying of the deaths of black Americans such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others.


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