Reparations advocate: ‘My family deserves way more than what it is getting today…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A Democratic state senator in Missouri said both Democrats and Republicans have failed black people, saying both political parties have taken African American votes for granted.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, slammed white Democrats like Sen. Claire McCaskill, saying there’s “no difference” between them and Republicans, during a debate on a tax bill on the state Senate floor.
Chapelle-Nadal said she was motivated by the calls and emails she receives about her constituents’ needs, says the Kansas City Star.
“When I’m getting a single mother of three children calling me trying to find a place to live because they don’t have a place to live, that’s what’s on my mind today and every single day,” she said.
Chapelle-Nadal said reparations for families of former slaves will help solve these reoccurring problems and will benefit the struggling African Americans in her district.
Chapelle-Nadal used her family as an example, saying they were once slaves in mid-Missouri.
“In Boone County, Missouri, in Callaway County, Missouri — what my family contributed to making the state what it is today is incredible,” she said. “And my family deserves way more than what it is getting today.”
She said McCaskill should fight for reparations in the U.S. Senate because Missourians think McCaskill is no different than Republicans.
“Neither one of them give a heck about the black community, only the votes,” Chapelle-Nadal said.
Other Democrats disagree with Chapelle-Nadal, defending McCaskill by pointing to the senator’s record fighting for issues like health care, protection for veterans, and student loans.
“I support Sen. McCaskill, 150 percent,” Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St.Louis, said.
McCaskill called on Chapelle-Nadal to resign last year after Chapelle-Nadal said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated in a Facebook post.
Chapelle-Nadal later removed the post and apologized.