The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss “the Path to Restorative Justice.” Specifically, they were discussing H.R. 40 — a bill that proposes a commission on reparations.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Danny Glover, Sen. Cory Booker and various other activists also spoke at the hearing. So did Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton from Maryland. Bishop Sutton argued that white people need to pay reparations to black people to save their souls from damnation.
Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton: When I’m talking about reparations. I’m talking about those left behind. But I’m actually talking to my white brothers and sisters. You need this more than we do. You need this for your soul. You need this to be able to look black peoples in the eye and say I acknowledge the mistake and I want to be part of the solution to repair that damage.