American Slavery is a Primordial Moral Failure of Our Nation

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We need H.R. 40 to study American Slavery in an official governmental capacity, to render official facts, and make official recognition of harms. That is how we start a process of healing. It’s the best hope we have for true national unity — in the long term. We need H.R. 40 to examine the impact of chattel slavery, Black Codes, convict leasing, Jim Crow, redlining, access to fair housing, education, employment opportunities, disproportionate taxation, and more. That is how we start on the road to end institutional racism.

As Unitarian Universalists, we believe every person in our country should have the opportunity to live up to our Nation’s fundamental organizing principles – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet, the Covid-19 pandemic, overlayed with police violence, and compounded with the ho-hum reaction to the January riot, has revealed the devastating influence of white supremacy throughout America. So we see what Rev. Barber refers to as Jim Crow 2.0 or Jim Crow Esquire in the pervasive surge to enact anti-protest laws and voter suppression laws. It is part of this nation’s tradition of race-based oppression.

Tell your House Member, UUs endorse a fact-based understanding of American Slavery, and we want them to pass H.R 40.

In love and for justice,

Pablo DeJesús

Executive Director, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice