Leaders in Colorado’s Black community are pushing for legislation to mandate a comprehensive study on the history and legacy of slavery in the state and to quantify the systemic inequities Black people continue to face across all facets of society.

“By us bringing legislation forward, we are saying that it is an imperative of the state and that we pull together the data across the state and create a comprehensive understanding of how our history, from top to bottom and corner to corner, has really coalesced around some of these discriminatory practices,” said Democratic Assistant House Majority Leader Jennifer Bacon, who currently heads the legislature’s Democratic Black Caucus.

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