Senate Majority Leader McConnell, who said recently he opposes paying government reparations to descendants of American slaves, has family history deeply entwined in the issue:
2 of his great-great-grandfathers were slave owners, US census records show. https://nbcnews.to/2NFhP9N
The details about McConnell’s ancestors, discovered by @NBCNews through a search of ancestry and census records, came in the wake of recent hearings on reparations before the House Judiciary Subcmte. on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. https://nbcnews.to/2Xx0LHr
Slavery experts have stressed that descendants of slave owners should not be held personally responsible for deeds of forebears. But also argued families that descended from slave owners are likely to have benefited from labor that propped up farm families in earlier generations.
.@NBCNews, in several phone calls and emails to McConnell’s office, asked if the senator was aware that his great-great-grandfathers were slave owners. The office did not respond to those requests. http://nbcnews.to/2Xx0LHr
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