On Tuesday morning, Governor Kathy Hochul of New York signed a bill focused on racial justice that establishes a commission to examine the possibility of providing reparations for the injustices of slavery.
This is a significant move for numerous Black residents of New York, aimed at correcting past injustices.
The statement is contentious. Hochul acknowledged that a significant number of state residents are against it, but stated that it was necessary to approve it.
Legislators in the state have approved a bill establishing a commission to investigate the history of slavery and discrimination against African-Americans. The bill received a vote of 41-21 in the Senate and 106-41 in the Assembly.
The law will suggest compensation for addressing the enduring consequences of segregation.
According to advocates, New York City had a higher number of enslaved Africans before the Revolutionary War compared to any other city except Charleston, South Carolina. These enslaved individuals made up 20% of New York’s total population.
“We need to have a clear understanding of what reparations entails. It does not involve repairing the past or reversing the events that occurred. We are unable to do that, as no one has the power to change the past. However, it does involve more than just offering a basic apology many years later. This legislation allows for a discussion and a logical debate about our desired future. And in my opinion, there is nothing more democratic than that,” stated Hochul.
The committee, which will be active for twelve months, will consist of nine individuals who specialize in African or American studies, civil rights, human rights, and criminal justice.
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