The Civil Rights Act of 2020


By Chrles Blow


There are images of police officers joining protesters in dancing the “Cupid Shuffle,” taking knees and hugging little girls.


There have been images of members of Congress donning kente cloth stoles, Joe Biden taking a knee and Mitt Romney marching with protesters.


There have been images of a rainbow of races and ethnicities marching through streets with Black Lives Matter posters held high, of them kneeling in moments of silence, of defaced and beheaded statues.


All of these are feel-good gestures that cost nothing and shift no power. They create no justice and provide no equity.


The Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate are pondering separate legislative reactions. It is not yet clear if Donald Trump would agree to any of the provisions.


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