Rep. Maloney Votes to Pass the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act
Washington, DC — Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) voted to pass S. 2163, the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act, which will establish a 19-member commission examining the social disparities that disproportionately affect Black males in America. Commission members will review homicide rates, arrest and incarceration rates, poverty, violence, fatherhood, mentorship, drug abuse, death rates, disparate income and wealth levels, school performance in various grade levels and health issues. The commission also will investigate potential civil rights violations affecting Black men and boys.
“Our nation’s history of systemic racism – the legacy of slavery and segregation – has led to oppression of Black Americans in all aspects of society. To correct these injustices, we must fully understand them,” said Rep. Maloney. “By creating a Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, we will better identify the disparities and inequalities Black men and boys face in their daily lives – from education to employment, to healthcare and the criminal justice system. I was proud to vote for this landmark legislation and thank Congresswoman Wilson for her leadership.”
The bill was endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, New Democrat Coalition, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity, Catholic Charities USA, Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, My Brother's Keeper Alliance, NAACP, National Action Network, National Football League, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Reform Alliance, The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, The Council of the Great City Schools, Teach For America, actor Omari Hardick, and Reverend Jesse Jackson.