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Anti-African American Reparation Bill Introduced in Congress, Suit Denied in Oklahoma
Jul 13 – Jul 26, 2023
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Rep. Babin Brian (R-TX) introduced a bill in the Republican controlled United States House of Representatives to prohibit the United States government from providing bailouts or other financial assistance to any state or local government that enacts any law providing reparations for slavery, and for other purposes. 

"HR4321 is proof that we are winning the fight!," proclaimed Kenniss Henry, Chairperson, The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) Legislative Committee.

Brian introduced H.R.4321 to the lower chamber of the 118th Congress with 13 Republican co-sponsors including Rep. Owens Burgess (R-UT), one of four Blacks in Congress who identify as Black and Republican. Nine of the 13 co-sponsors represent districts in the former Confederacy, which rebelled against the United States during the American Civil War over slavery (Apr 12, 1861 – Apr 9, 1865).

"There have always been those who have historically sought to rob Black people of justice, cheat them of their rightful place in history, and and stoke the fires of national discord through attitudes and measures that pit us against each other," commented historian CR Gibbs on the bill's introduction. "These are the most recent examples of 21st century hate," he continued.

Babin recently earned a 3 percent legislative voting rating from the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. He earned a zero from the Human Rights Campaign, largest LGBTQ+ political lobbying organization within the United States, and Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive and sexual healthcare, and sexual education in the United States and globally.

The bill has been assigned to the House Oversight and Accountability committee whose Republican members include Byron Daniels (R-FL), who identifies as Black, and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Democrat members include Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Cori Bush (D-MO).

After the bills June 23 introduction, Judge Caroline Wall in the state of Oklahoma on July 7 dismissed with prejudice the lawsuit which attempted to force the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma and others to make payment for the destruction of Greenwood, a once-thriving Black district. The case involved three survivors of the attack, Lessie Benningfield Randle, Viola Fletcher, and Hughes Van Ellis, all now over 100 years old and in the hope of seeing what their attorney called “justice in their lifetime.”
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