Jun 13, 2019

House set to host first slavery reparations hearing since 2007

Actor Danny Glover is set to take part in next week's hearing. Photo: Roger Kisby/Getty Images

A House Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing next Wednesday on reparations for individuals affected by slavery's legacy, the first time the issue will be given a House hearing since 2007, per the AP.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Alexi McCammond: Washington can no longer ignore this issue. Between this hearing and several 2020 Democrats proposing ideas for how to fix the lasting legacy of slavery, we're in for one of the most robust debates we've ever had about reparations over the coming weeks and months.

  • The hearing will also feature celebrity support, with testimony scheduled from actor Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The big picture: Reparations have been an issue for some 2020 Democrats, led by former HUD Secretary Julián Castro. However, not all are embracing the issue in the traditional sense — direct compensation.

  • The financial mechanism is meant to offset economic and social disparities caused by slavery and other forms of racial oppression to black communities.

Go deeper: Georgetown students voted to pay reparations for descendants of slaves

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Coronavirus hospitalizations keep falling

Data: COVID Tracking Project, Harvard Global Health Institute; Note: Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Puerto Rico have not reported hospitalizations consistently. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to decline, particularly in New York and other northeastern states that were among the hardest hit by the virus.

Yes, but: Some states are still recording stagnant or rising amounts of hospitalizations.

Updates: George Floyd protests continue past curfews

Protesters on Tuesday evening by the metal fence recently erected outside the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Largely peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday night across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day.

The latest: Protesters were out en masse after curfews were in force in areas including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Portland — one of the cities where there was a late-night flash-point between police and protesters.

Primary elections test impact of protests, coronavirus on voting

Election official at a polling place at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia held primary elections on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, needs to win 425 of the 479 delegates up for grabs in order to officially clinch the nomination. There are a number of key down-ballot races throughout the country as well, including a primary in Iowa that could determine the fate of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).