The Bill of Rights is a good idea, but like all good ideas, the execution is what matters. For too many Black people in U.S. history, the Bill of Rights hasn’t been extended. But a newly recircled petition seeks to change that. 

Titled “Endorse The Black Bill of Rights,” this petition seeks to finally, truly extend rights to all Americans. 

“The Black Bill of Rights is a declaration of those essential rights, liberties, and privileges given to other persons, but which Black people have been denied. The logical extension of these rights will require reforms to laws and regulations that prevent Black people from participating in the common, everyday functioning of their government. “

—Endorse The Black Bill of Rights,

Originally addressed to Sen. Kamala Harris when she was California’s Attorney General, the petition has resurfaced amid nationwide protests following George Floyd’s May 25 death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. 

Other features of the petition include a Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights Act, which would involve more independent oversight of law enforcement and an end to legal “qualified immunity” for police officers involved in on-the-job violence.


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