Cory Booker announces legislation to pave path for slavery reparations

April 8, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker announced a bill Monday to form a commission to recommend reparations for slavery, taking the reins of one of the most intriguing and controversial agenda items from the 2020 campaign.

Mr. Booker becomes the highest-profile lawmaker to sign onto reparations legislation.

He said it could solve persistent racism and discrimination that have been built into the system for decades, leading to disparate outcomes for all black Americans.

“This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country,” he said. “It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed.”

Mr. Booker is part of the massive 2020 Democratic field, where the conversation about reparations is already heating up.

A reparations bill has been introduced in the House for years, but had only attracted limited support.