The idea of reparations for African-Americans is gaining traction among Democrats on Capitol Hill, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi supported establishing a commission that would develop proposals and draft a “national apology” to repair the lingering effects of slavery. Nearly 60 House Democrats support legislation to create the commission, which has been stalled in the House for 30 years. The bill was the subject of a congressional hearing on Wednesday — the first one on reparations in more than a decade, and the first on this specific bill. The current debate over reparations has been fueled by the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as by the writings of Ta-Nehisi Coates. In his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, @tanehisicoates took aim at Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader: “He was alive for the redlining of Chicago and the looting of black homeowners of some $4 billion. Victims of their plunder are very much alive today. I am sure they would love a word with the majority leader.” Read more at the link in our bio and follow @racerelated for an exploration of how race is lived today. @gdemczuk took this photo.