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, 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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Mitch Landrieu

Founder & President, E Pluribus Unum

In Case You Missed It

EPU launched a new conversation series, Conversations for an Equitable South. For these conversations, we are bringing together some of our country’s great thinkers, activists, advocates, and leaders on the issues of race and equity in the American South. These conversations will provide a space to discuss the lasting impact racism has had on people and institutions and, as a result, will inspire action with the intention of creating racial equity within our communities.

Watch our first two episodes on the the role of white women in racial justice work and the fallacy of racial colorblindness. 

Join us on Tuesday, May 4 for the next conversation in the series where we will hear from some of our UNUM Fellows on the importance of bold local leadership.

Divided By Design Podcast

E3: Criminal (In)justice System

From its origins, systemic racism was a part of the DNA of America’s criminal justice system, from the advent of the slave patrol to laws that ensured both power and privilege were to be maintained by white males of wealth and their families. In “Criminal (In)justice System”, we explore and discuss the history of the American criminal justice system and the various ways in which the criminal justice system has evolved since Reconstruction, but yet maintains a strong grip on the rights and civil liberties of African Americans, women, and other minority groups to this day.

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