Chuck Schumer backs bill on slavery reparations as it struggles to gain Senate support

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he supports legislation that would create a commission to study reparations for the descendants of slaves.

'Racism is the poison in America, it's in the American bones,' Schumer said in the Capitol on Tuesday.

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'The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow are still with us,' he noted. ''I don't think people understand that slavery is not far away. I think that's the biggest problem. People say, 'Oh, it happened way back then — what do we have to pay attention now?' The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow — which is a type of semi-quasi of slavery — is still with us and so we need to do a lot more.'

Schumer's pledge of support comes as President Donald Trump faces charges of racism after he suggested four minority lawmakers could go 'back where they came from.'

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House Democratic leaders have pledged to vote on the reparations legislation but the situation is different in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell indicated last month the legislation would never come up for a vote in the upper chamber.

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He argued the U.S. has dealt with the sin of slavery in many ways, including electing an African American president - Barack Obama.

'I don't think reparations for something that happened...
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