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Nothing infuriates the left like listening to a minority express a conservative opinion. And so it was on Wednesday when a black student who was descended from slaves who worked on Thomas Jefferson's Monticello plantation said he opposed the idea of reparations, saying "the people who are owed for slavery are no longer here" and "we are not entitled to collect on their debts."
Quillette writer Coleman Hughes, who spoke at the hearing, dismissed a bill to study the prospect of reparations as "a moral and political mistake." The crowd at the hearing, held by the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights, and civil liberties, booed when Hughes said "black people don't need another apology...we need safer schools and better schools. We need a better criminal justice system....we need better health care. And none of these things can be achieved through reparations for slavery."
US - Government - Failure - Reparations - Civil
Though he believes the US government's failure to pay out reparations immediately after the Civil War was "shameful", he thinks it's now too late and paying them out now would do more harm than good. Hughes said he wasn't surprised to hear the booing, and that "nearly everyone close to me told me not to testify today" even though Hughes said he has only ever voted for Democrats.
The crowd's reaction prompted the subcommittee Chairman Steve Cohen to bang his gavel and awkwardly ask his audience to "chill, chill, chill, chill."
Republican - Country - Others - Republicans - Half
"They told me...I would be perceived as Republican and therefore hated by half the country. Others told me that by distancing myself from Republicans, I would end up angering the other half of the country. And the sad truth is that they were both right. That’s how suspicious we have become....
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