Capitol Hill. Washington, D.C. The House judiciary subcommittee hearing testimony on reparations for descendants of slaves, was briefly interrupted this morning by a mob of protesters. They were demanding compensation for the posterity of loyalists whose property was confiscated, and who were forced to flee the colonies during the American Revolution.
Chairman Jerry Nadler refused to recognize the protesters, and exiled them to the hallway.
Approximately 80,000 colonists who opposed the Revolution left the colonies during or immediately after the war, with only the clothes on their backs. They were never compensated by their states or by the national government.
Their descendants have unsuccessfully attempted to introduce legislation in Congress to provide reparations estimated at $100 billion.