The topic of payment of reparations for slavery in the United States has recently been reignited and become a trending topic.
With elections nearing, several presidential hopefuls have also weighed in on the topic. This February, U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, announced her full support for reparations for black Americans affected by slavery.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker also spoke extensively about the need to pay reparations for slavery when he testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee during the first congressional hearing on slavery reparations in over a decade last week.
Just a day before the hearing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell caused controversy when he rejected reparations for slavery with rather questionable reasons.
“We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We’ve elected an African American president,” he told reporters.
Apart from citing the election of former President Barack Obama as one way the nation has dealt with its “original sin of slavery,” the Republic lawmaker also said that it would be hard to know whom to pay.
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“I think we’re always a work in progress in this country but no one currently alive was responsible for that and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it,” he was quoted by the CNN.
On the day of the hearing, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is best known for his 2014 article “The Case for Reparations,” called out Mitch McConnell for his comments when he testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee.
With the topic not dying down anytime soon, TMZ caught up with Los Angeles rapper The Game who insisted 40 acres of land and a Lamborghini (in reference to the famous ‘Forty acres and a mule’) as reparation payment for every African-American is just about right.
Asked if it was going to bankrupt the country, The Documentary rapper couldn’t care less.
“I don’t know what it’s gon’ do [to the economy],” he said. “It don’t matter what it does because the country was built on the backs of, you know, slavery.”
The rapper, who also disclosed he cannot vote because he is a convicted felon explained why voting rights for felons needs to be amended. Take a look at the video below: