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A black writer was booed Wednesday for testifying against slave reparations in a congressional hearing.
Quillette columnist Coleman Hughes said reparation payments to the descendants of slaves would insult black Americans, further divide the country, and make him and other descendants of slaves “victims without their consent.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The public present for the Democrat-led hearing did not take his opinion well, prompting Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen to tell them to “chill.”
Hughes called racism “a bloody stain on this country’s history” and said the governments should have paid “reparations directly to freed slaves after the civil war.” Failure to do so was one of “the greatest injustices ever perpetuated by the U.S. Government,” Hughes said.
Hughes added that focusing on the past is hampering changes for the future, and that “black people don’t need another apology.”
“We need safer neighborhoods and better schools,” Hughes said. “We need a less punitive criminal justice system. We need affordable health care. And none of these things can be achieved through reparations for slavery.”
His comments drew boos from some members of the audience. Watch:
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