US Senate Wants To Declare an Emergency… Over “Racism”

US Senate Wants To Declare an Emergency... Over

( – Racial politics continues to be a focus for some Democratic politicians. In July 2020, during the peak of the Black Lives Matters movement, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and then-Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) cosponsored the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. If enacted into law, the measure would have established a federal commission to study slavery reparations. In April 2021 and again on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) joined Booker and Brown to reintroduce a resolution declaring racism an emergency and a public health crisis.

Brown said racial progress wasn’t possible until the government acknowledged how the nation oppressed and harmed Black and Brown Americans on behalf of all Americans. He stated the resolution recognized the racial disparity in healthcare and offered solutions to reverse the problem.

Booker added that people of color suffered inordinately from chronic sickness and infant and maternal mortality. He said centuries of racism that “disenfranchised, disinvested, and disrespected Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color” lay at the root of the problem. He added that declaring a public health crisis would start the process of addressing health disparities and racism.

Still, the debate about reparations has gained steam in some communities and states.

What do you think? Do the Senators have a point, or is this a political stunt?

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