Gov Hochul Creates Slavery Reparations Commission in New York

New York’s Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul has just signed a bill to establish a slavery reparations commission for the state.

The commission will explore methods of redistributing taxpayer money among black communities by providing reparations to descendants of slaves.

Gov. Hochul signed the bill on Tuesday to create a “community commission to study the history of slavery in New York state.”

The commission will examine “various forms of reparations,” according to the bill.

“Here in New York, there was a slave market where people bought and sold other human beings with callous disregard,” Hochul said.

“It happened right on Wall Street for more than a century.

“And even though it officially closed when slavery was abolished in New York in 1827, our state still remained a dominant player in the illegal slave trade.

“The practice continued, and our financial and business institutions prospered.”

The commission was given the task of examining the impact of slavery on black people throughout New York state history.

Its members will be tasked with producing suggested remedies to the negative effects of slavery on black communities.

The commission will consist of nine individuals.

The governor, state assembly speaker, and the majority leader of the New York Senate will each select three members.

“I know the word ‘reparations’ brings up a lot of conflicting ideas for people,” said Hochul.

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“A lot of people instinctively dig in when they hear it without really thinking about what it means or why we need to talk about it.”

Hochul said that even Americans whose families arrived in the U.S. after the end of slavery were still responsible for addressing its impact on black communities.

“I think of the immigrants and the children of immigrants who’ve come here since the end of slavery,” said Hochul.

“They will say, ‘We had no involvement in slavery […] None of our relatives were slave owners.’

“And there’s part of me that worries about leaping into this conversation because of the racial divisions, strife it could sow.'”

“These huddles and tired masses came here to seek a better life,” the governor continued.

“Slaves, people who were enslaved, didn’t come here willingly to pursue a dream, but they came in bondage to live a nightmare.

“And we have to ask, do those of us whose family came here to pursue a dream not have a role to play in ending a nightmare? Yes, yes we do.”

Hochul’s speech was followed by a brief address from civil rights grifter Al Sharpton.

Sharpton thanked the governor for signing the bill despite warnings from her political allies.

“And I know her political advisors told her it is too risky,” Sharpton said.

“But she did it because it’s right.

“I met with her last Thursday on several issues that we’re dealing with nationally, and she told me she had decided to sign this bill and she said that it’s going to be unpopular to some, but I’m going to do what’s right.”

The commission is expected to offer its initial report approximately one year after its creation.

READ MORE: Gov Hochul: NY Is Conducting ‘Surveillance Efforts’ on New Yorkers’ Social Media to Monitor for ‘Hate Speech’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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