I want to hear from you!
Please take a moment to share your views on this key issue that may come before the Pennsylvania State Senate during the 2019-2020 legislative session. Your feedback will help me to better represent your interests at our State Capitol.
There has been much discussion in the news lately regarding legislation on reparations for the terrible injustice of slavery in America.
The key question is this: Should the state or federal governments accept the financial responsibility for these awful human rights violations?
Legislation has been offered on this subject in Pennsylvania in the past, and the U.S. Congress has held recent hearings to consider establishing a commission to further review the pros and cons of this issue.
Some people believe that compensation is due to the descendants of African slaves whose ancestors suffered horrendous atrocities in the centuries prior to the final end of slavery in 1865. Similar actions have been taken by other governments and the private sector after the Nazi holocaust.
Others believe that placing cash value on hundreds of years of forced servitude is impossible to calculate and that social programs available to all low income groups are more effective. In addition, some ask if similar legislation should be extended to Native Americans, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, and other groups that have been discriminated against in the past 200 years.