The events of the past few weeks, from the police shootings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, to the passage of legislation intended to promote voter suppression, continue to underscore that we have a long way to go to fulfill America’s promise of justice and equal opportunity for every American. Having closely followed the Derek Chauvin trial for the killing of George Floyd, which has been painful and enraging, we are simply so far from that more perfect union.
Over the last year, more of our fellow Americans have joined the conversation and gained a greater understanding of systemic racism. Unfortunately, policy changes that reflect this awareness have been few and fleeting. As I explain in a new piece on CNN.com, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is stalled in Congress, state-level voter suppression legislation has exploded, and despite efforts to address it, there are deepening racial gaps across employment and health outcomes due to Covid-19.
To get closer to fulfilling our American aspiration, and frankly, to just be better as a country, we first need a consensus about the impact of racism in the US. Among many policy prescriptions, a Truth and Racial Healing Commission can create a collective understanding of our history while documenting how systemic racism continues to be the root cause of many issues we face today in America.
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