SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING REPARATIONS
Approximately 4 million Africans and descendants thereof were enslaved in colonial America and the United States from 1619 to 1865. From 1789 through 1865, the institution of slavery was constitutionally and statutorily sanctioned by the United States government. Although slavery ended in 1865, federal, state, and local governments continued to perpetuate, condone, and profit from the systemic, institutionalized disenfranchisement of African-Americans. In the years following abolition, African-Americans have continuously suffered from racist policies, including, but not limited to: share-cropping, Jim Crow laws, “separate but equal” education and public services, redlining, and disproportionate treatment in our criminal justice system.
As a result of such continued discrimination, the African-American community continues to suffer debilitating hardships at a disproportionate rate to that of the white population. For example, the unemployment rate of African-Americans is more than twice that of the White unemployment rate. The disparities in the areas of economics, education, and health are equally unjust.
Enacting H.R. 40, which establishes a commission to “study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparation.”
Any other legislation that calls for social, civic, economic, and educational improvement for underserved communities in an effort to repair the damage caused by systemic racism.