As more of daily life moves onto Zoom, harassers have begun taking their racial and sexist slurs there with “Zoombombing.” Color Of Change met with executives at Zoom to expose organized attacks on users and get the company to release a plan to stop racial harassment, step up security, and hire a Chief Diversity Officer. Rashad is quoted on how serious the attacks are. “Black women are having a church gathering [on Zoom], and have people come in drawing genitalia and calling them the N-word.”
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
The Root’s latest article is a hard-hitting expose on how, from pushing Black people into more polluted, less desirable neighborhoods with less services, healthcare, and quality food, societal inequities guaranteed people of color would be hit hardest by COVID-19. Rashad is quoted, “Poverty and inequality [are] not unfortunate, like a car accident. They are manufactured by those in power. Unless we do something to change the rules and change the dynamics, they will continue to use this moment to manufacture more.”
Rashad Robinson is quoted in this profile on Jim Clyburn, the lawmaker who helped deliver the Black vote to Joe Biden in South Carolina. “The primary results underscored lessons candidates would do well to heed: Black voters can make or break a campaign. From Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropping out after seeing no pathway to the Black vote after South Carolina, to Biden taking home many Southern states, the message is clear.”
Amid COVID-19 and heated budget negotiations, New York is quietly trying to undo reforms to end money bail. Color Of Change’s Criminal Justice Campaign Director Clarise McCants is quoted, “What Gov. Cuomo is proposing will send legally innocent people into jails to die. With the horrific conditions we’re seeing at jails across the state, anything but getting people out of those cages is a death sentence.”
Color Of Change’s Senior Director of Digital Engagement & Democracy Jennifer Edwards explains why it’s so important to be part of the 2020 Census and how it’s the young, the poor, and people of color who get passed over. More than 800,000 Black people were missed in 2010 which robs our community of investment in public education, roads, services, and most importantly, political power. Get counted today at my2020census.gov.
In his augural COVID-19 column with BET, Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson explains the adage that “When America gets a cold, Black people get the flu.” And the coronavirus is no ordinary flu. This pandemic is a public and financial crisis for Black people, but we have the power to help one another get the care and support we need.