Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Marco Rubio Aim to Establish Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys
Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced legislation on Monday to establish the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. The Commission would be housed within the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ Office and would recommend policies to improve current government programs. “This commission will address the long-standing societal gaps that have harmed black men in America and lowered the prospect of upward mobility,” Booker said. “I look forward to also having this discussion with respect to some of the alarming trends we’ve seen regarding the school-to-prison pipeline and black girls.” The Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act would establish a Commission, consisting of 19 members, and would include bipartisan Members of Congress, federal agency experts, and appointed subject issue area experts. “We must speak truth that slavery and our country’s long history of institutional racism continue to cause great pain and inequality toward communities of color—particularly Black males,” Harris said. “This bipartisan commission is just the start of a long overdue effort to confront the negative treatment Black men and boys face every day in America.” The Commission would investigate potential civil rights violations affecting Black males and study the disparities they experience in education, criminal justice, health, employment, fatherhood, mentorship, and violence. “A lack of economic opportunity and prosperity for black men is a tragedy for our nation. The United States needs their talents to solve the challenges of our time.” Rubio said. “It is intolerable and unacceptable that many black men come to believe, often for good reason, that the American Dream is not available to them.” More here.