After 400 years of slavery and discrimination against Blacks, U.S. House panel is just approving bill to create commission on slavery reparations with many whites still opposing it

After 400 years of slavery and discrimination against Blacks, a United States House panel has just approved a bill to create a commission on slavery reparations that will include a “national apology” for century of discrimination.

The vote on Wednesday night by the House Judiciary Committee was described in the United States as a “major milestone” for those who have been calling for reparations for Black Americans for slavery in the United States.

The vote was 25 for to 17, with the Democrats on the panel voting to advance the legislation establishing the commission and Republicans voting against it.

The bill is labeled H.R. 40 – the never fulfilled Civil War-era promise to give former slaves “40 acres and a mule.”

Several Democrats and many Republicans oppose reparations for Blacks, arguing they do not need a government bailout for crimes committed centuries ago.

This article has been updated.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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