Economic crisis? What economic crisis?
On January 6, 2009 -- just three days into the term of the 111th Congress, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduced H.R. 40, otherwise known as "The Slavery Reparations Bill."
Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act
To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes... [to address] ...the following questions:
...Whether, in consideration of the Commission's findings, any form of compensation to the descendants of African slaves is warranted.
...If the Commission finds that such compensation is warranted, what should be the amount of compensation, what form of compensation should be awarded, and who should be eligible for such compensation.
Gee, another commission.
I guess the 600,000 Civil War dead represented just the down-payment.
Hat tip: Papa B.