(TheDailyHorn.com) – One of America’s most controversial far-left legislators is at it again. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is pushing America to accept a radical scheme designed to promote social justice.
On Thursday, June 17, President Joe Biden signed a new federal holiday into law. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved black Americans. However, recognizing America’s progress isn’t enough for Omar. The Squad member now wants to push reparations.
Proud #Juneteenth is now a federal holiday.
As we reflect on the significance of what this day symbolizes, let’s keep fighting to address the lasting consequences of slavery.
Next step: reparations.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 19, 2021
The idea isn’t new and proposals such as this could cost more than $10 trillion or more. The idea is controversial; critics argue slavery was abolished long ago, and that no one today was responsible for what happened centuries ago. Plus, there’s widespread disagreement over what sort of plan might be feasible and what form reparations might take in practice.
In March, the local government in Evanston, IL, approved a first-in-the-nation plan to distribute $400,000 to black Americans in their community. Qualifying households could get up to $25,000 for home repairs or down payments towards a property. However, that plan uses revenue generated from medical marijuana taxes and donations, an option not available to all communities.
However, some critics say reparations aren’t the right tool to create change. Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) says the idea won’t right the country’s wrongs and is a divisive falsehood that’s demeaning for previous generations of black Americans.
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