This bill is tasked with a more daunting goal than perhaps any other. Its goal is to make amends for the enslavement of African American people. It would try and do so by establishing, as its name suggests, a commission to investigate reparations.
The commission would examine:
- The practice of slavery, addressing elements such as how Africans were captured, transported to, and sold in the United States;
- The ways in which federal and state governments supported slavery;
- The effects slavery had, and continues to have on the lives of African Americans after it ended, and any other types of discrimination that they face.
There’s plenty of information about those things though, here’s the hard part. Based on these findings, the commission would have to put forth a recommendation on how the U.S. can recompense for slavery and ongoing forms of discrimination. Specifically, it would have to determine if financial compensation to the descendants of slaves is warranted and, if so, how much it should be, and how it should be distributed.
The commission would be made up of three individuals appointed by the President, three appointed by the Speaker of the House, and one person appointed by the President pro tempore. The commission would have one year to conduct its research.