Racial
Equity Study

SB24-053: Racial Equity Study

Racial justice studies are important tools that allow us as a society to determine if government actions or policies are attributable to impacts of past and current discrimination.

Bill Overview

Racial justice studies are important tools that allow us as a society to determine if government actions or policies are attributable to impacts of past and current discrimination. Senate Bill 53 will establish the Black Coloradan Racial Equity Study Commission which will work with History Colorado to produce a report comprised of a historical research study and an economic impact study to determine if Colorado state practices, systems and policies are attributable to the impacts of past and current discrimination against Black Coloradans.

The study will examine K12 education, higher education, workforce training, housing, criminal justice/policing, health care, tax policy and access to asset and wealth building. Once the study is completed, the Commission will work to implement the recommendations from the report.

Endorsement

The following organizations and individuals endorse the Senate Bill 24-053. If you are interested in signing on, fill out our endorsement form here.

Summary of SB24-053

  • Establishes the Black Coloradan Racial Equity Study Commission
  • Requires the Commission to produce a report comprised of a historical research study conducted by History Colorado and an economic impact study to determine if Colorado state practices, systems and policies are attributable to impacts of past and current discrimination against Black Coloradans.
  • Examines the areas of K12 education, higher education, workforce training, housing, criminal justice/policing, health care, tax policy, and access to asset and wealth building.
  • After the study is completed, the Commission will work to implement the recommendations from the report.
The study created by SB24-053 will focus on the following issue areas:

Access to Asset and Wealth Building

Systematic racial disparities have impacted Black Coloradans over generations and have led to a reality where half of Black families are considered low-income.

Criminal Justice/Policing

Black Coloradans are often unfairly targeted and more likely to be brutalized by police and face higher conviction rates and longer sentences than White Coloradans.

Education

Access to a quality education and postsecondary educational attainment are strong predictors of generational health and wealth and are key to helping close the racial wealth gap.

Health Care and Health Disparities

Racial discrimination in health care can lead to a higher mortality rate, mental illness, cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other negative health outcomes.

Housing

Government-backed redlining, denying access to home loans and financing for Black borrowers, and other racist policies throughout history have prevented Black Coloradans from attaining homeownership and growing generational wealth.

50% of Black families in Colorado qualify as low income and just 37% are considered middle class.
Black Coloradans constitute 5% of state residents but 17% of people in jail and 18% of people in prison.
Only 25% of adult Black Coloradans have attained a higher education degree, certificate or credentials.
In 2021, 5.4% of Black or African American Coloradans reported skipping health care due to fear of unfair treatment compared to 2.3% of White Coloradans.
During 2018-2020, the infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) in Colorado was highest for black babies at (9.7) more than twice that of white babies.
64% of communities redlined in the 1930s are still primarily communities of color today and are particularly vulnerable to gentrification and displacement.

Organizations that Support SB24-053

A. Phillip Randolph Institute Denver Chapter Alpha Community Education Initiative (ACEI) Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
AYA Foundation
The Bell Policy Center
Black Democratic Legislative Caucus of Colorado
Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund Blacxera
Boulder County
Center for African American Health
Citizens Project Community Anchor Academy Unity Project
Classique, LLC
Collaborative Healing Initiative within Communities (CHIC)
Colorado Access
Colorado Black Health Collaborative Colorado Black Roundtable
Colorado Black Women for Political Action Colorado Children’s Campaign
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Colorado Council of Churches
Colorado Developmental Disability Council Colorado Fiscal Institute
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Colorado Poverty Law Project
Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Colorado Youth Congress
Common Cause

Community Economic Defense Project Counties and Commissioners Acting Together (CCAT)
Curls on the Block
Denver Black Reparations Council The Denver Foundation
Denver Public Schools Ednium: the Alumni Collective Elephant Circle
Elevate Law Colorado Emily Griffith Foundation Frontline Farmers
Gary Advocacy
Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) League of Women Voters of Colorado
Mile High Medical Society Montview Presbyterian NAACP Aurora
NAACP Boulder NAACP Denver One Colorado Progress Now
Public Health for Public Safety Reparations4Slavery
Rocky Mountain NAACP Rose Community Foundation SEIU Local 105
Social Impact Solutions Soul 2 Soul Sisters
Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs
(SPIN)
Stand for Children Colorado State Innovation Exchange Together Colorado
Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado Vibe Tribe Adventures
Women’s Foundation of Colorado

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