By Donna M. Owens

As protesters across America march, shout, and kneel to demand an end to police brutality, and as the land of the free and the home of the brave grapples with racism, some believe the truth could set this nation free.

That’s the spirit behind new legislation that Rep. Barbara Lee of California has unveiled, calling for the establishment of the first United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation. Back in 1996, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established post-apartheid. The American iteration would examine slavery, institutional racism, and discrimination against people of color and how this complex history affects contemporary laws and policies.

“The murder of George Floyd and the current Covid-19 crisis illustrate once again the painful and dangerous legacy that White supremacy has had in our country and the desperate need to fully acknowledge and understand how our history of inequality continues today,” said Lee.

This inequality, she believes, strikes at the heart of critical national issues — from the coronavirus health pandemic and police violence to mass incarceration and poverty — all of which disproportionately affect communities of color (Read more).

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