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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 1.7 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.
IN THE MEDIA
Color Of Change is pressing Hilton to stop the Sons of the Confederate Veterans from holding a major gathering at their hotel. Campaign director Brandi Collins-Dexter is quoted: “Allowing this hate-filled organization space at your hotel validates its existence and intentions. They, much like neo-Nazis, recognize Confederate iconography as an expression of white supremacy and the deadly ways it intersects with this country’s toxic legacies of racism.”
Our Twitter takeover and work with #OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign is mentioned in this piece as the Oscars runs up against the same problem it’s had for decades: a lack of diversity. “Presented without comment,” Rashad tweeted. “In 2017: 18 Black nominees In 2018: 13 Black nominees In 2019: 15 Black nominees In 2020: 5 Black noms #OscarsSoWhite #Oscars.”
The New York Times profiles a day in the life with COC President Rashad Robinson – from interviewing Democratic presidential candidates to pushing forward strategies to overhaul our criminal justice system to good old-fashioned Sunday brunch. Since Rashad took charge of COC, the organization has grown by more than a million members.
Rashad explains how crime TV shows – and how they distort our understanding of our justice system – shapes how people look at crime, injustice, and racist violent policing in the real world. “These shows paint this magical space in cities like New York and Chicago where people of color exist but somehow racism doesn’t.” These shows rarely depict how disproportionately Black people are targeted by police or how bias is baked into the system.
Superbowl ads went for fun over serious this year. The big exception: an NFL ad about the devastation police violence has on families. But many were quick to point out the league’s hypocrisy given the exile of Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee. Rashad tweeted, “Every attempt by the @NFL to rehabilitate its image among Black viewers will ring hollow as long as Kaepernick is still unsigned to an NFL team. You cannot co-opt his message and blackball him at the same time.”
This article explores the political and social impact of crime TV shows, and dives into the data in our latest report Normalizing Injustice. Rashad is quoted: “Only someone who doesn’t have to suffer the consequences of a criminal justice system would say that these shows are apolitical.” Indeed, fictional misrepresentations of the criminal justice system on TV may be thwarting much-needed reforms in the real world.