The International Olympic Committee just adopted a new policy to silence Black athletes during the Summer Olympics. It would ban athletes from kneeling, raising their fists, wearing signs or armbands. Stop telling athletes to “shut up and play.”
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This year we’ve worked tirelessly to hold Facebook accountable – persuading them to conduct their first civil rights audit and pressing them to adopt stronger policies against white supremacist content. We’ve held dozens of meetings, drawing their attention to how the platform has been used to censor Black activists and allow ads that discriminate against Black people. The fight continues. But Facebook has begun restricting racial targeting in ads, removing posts by white nationalists, and taken down posts meant to suppress voting.
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COC Members Save Disney’s Black Princess
We persuaded Disney not to whitewash their popular Black character Princess Tiana. When we saw early drawings of Tiana from the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, it was clear they had straightened her hair, thinned her nose, and lightened her skin. Our members spoke out and persuaded Disney to keep Tiana a beautiful Black princess – part of our ongoing work to improve representation of Black characters in film and TV and make sure all children see heroes who look like them onscreen.
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NYPD Officer Fired for Murdering Eric Garner
Five years after the tragic and unnecessary death of Eric Garner, NYC mayor and police commissioner fired Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Garner in a chokehold and refused to let him go. COC members were part of a powerful coalition with dozens of groups around New York demanding justice. Though Garner’s death was ruled a homicide, until now the officers who restrained him had walked away with no consequences and their jobs intact.
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Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by more than 1.5 million members, we move decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people. Until justice is real.
Racial justice advocates across the country celebrate after a Dallas jury convicted police officer Amber Guyger for shooting and killing her Black neighbor Jean Botham in his home after she supposedly mistook his apartment for her own. This was a rare example of an officer being held responsible for taking an unarmed Black person’s life. Rashad is quoted, “We have a long history in this county of white women’s tears and fear being an excuse for harming and killing Black people.”
Our campaign to pressure Comcast to stand by its Black customers and pull support from the DOJ’s challenge to our country’s oldest civil rights protections is discussed here. “Without this landmark legislation, grounds of racial discrimination in business matters will be lost in legal technicalities, causing tremendous harm to Black people.”
Our very own Rashad Robinson is profiled in this piece on how COC is using traditional civil rights movement tactics alongside a new media savvy to take on big tech companies — and change some of their worst policies and practices harming Black people.
Since “When They See Us” aired on Netflix this summer, its portrayal of prosecutorial misconduct fueled a call by activists to have the Manhattan DA’s Office reopen every case Linda Fairstein was involved while running the Sex-Crimes Unit. Malachi Robinson with COC is quoted, “We know if there’s one case of injustice, there’s likely more.”
Rashad Robinson writes about how white nationalists in the police forces, and why it’s so important to continue fighting for police accountability in the wake of this month’s mass shootings. “If people in law enforcement want to be seen as experts on defeating white nationalism, shouldn’t they have to get rid of all the white nationalists in their own ranks first?”
A new report on whether Facebook demotes conservative content ignores basic truths about how the platform hurts people of color. Rashad Robinson is quoted: “Claims of anticonservative bias are simply an attempt to distract users and the media from the conservative movement’s attacks against black communities and other marginalized groups.”