Posted on February 1, 2024

Reparations Debate Looms in Colorado’s New Racial Equity Study Bill

John Frank, Axios, January 29, 2024

Colorado’s Black lawmakers are united behind one bill this session: a high-profile study of the legacy of slavery and the state’s “track record of racial discrimination.”

State of play: The two-year study, backed by the House leader and driven by a local nonprofitseeks to quantify the economic repercussions on Black residents and put forward remedies, following in the footsteps of California and New York.


The intrigue: The focus on the financial impact is sure to draw the most attention and shift the conversation to reparations.

  • The word isn’t explicit in the legislation but the bill’s advocates acknowledge it’s part of the push. {snip}