The U.S. Tries to Right Its Historical Wrongs With Racial Poverty Discussion at the Capitol

Lawmakers examine the economic disparity between whites and minorities.

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On Wednesday, January 20, 2022, the US House Select Committee on Economic Disparity & Fairness in Growth held a hearing to discuss the gap in wealth between the caucasian majority and other ethnic groups in this country. The meeting lasted a little over an hour and a half and featured many interesting points and conflicting ideas. Though there were no decisions made or bills proposed, it was still a positive step for the United States in the process of righting its historical wrongs.

Here's a brief summary of what was said.

The discussion began with Majority Whip James Clyburn explaining the different programs that were introduced in the twentieth century that helped build the American middle class we know today. He highlighted motions passed such as the New Deal and the G.I. Bill, and how Black and Brown people were excluded from the economic growth that came from them. The congressman argued that this was a major cause of the economic disparity between whites and other races. Representative Clyburn then proceeded to make his case for the G.I. Bill Restoration Act. A bill that would give Black World War 2 vets and their families the benefits, which they were denied so long ago.

"This would be one step toward righting the wrong and addressing the wealth gap." The Majority Whip stated as he wrapped up his argument and yielded the floor.