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.”
In the Media
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.”
Rashad’s video op-ed for NOW THIS on growing Black representation — in front and behind the camera in Hollywood — and why Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time is such a leap forward for children of color. video here.
This Q&A published in the Huffington Post discusses how Rashad Robinson and Color Of Change have built a winning advocacy strategy, harnessing the power and potential of the Internet, to move Black people — and all people in this country — forward. Full Q&A is below. We Built This by Taryn Finley, Huffington Post, 2/1/2019. […]
Published in Nonprofit Quarterly By RASHAD ROBINSON | January 30, 2019 This article is part of NPQ’s cluster about the power of narrative in social change work. (Other articles in this series can be found at the end.) This particular article was originally published by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, on April 18, […]
Rashad speaks at the North Star Fund Awards about how to capitalize on this moment of political agitation following the election. He underscores the necessity of supporting Black-led interventions to accelerate social change and letting Black people truly take the lead in strategy and power in the movement for racial justice. Full video here.
Rashad passionately asks, “Are We Going to Get This Right?” as he speaks about building a real resistance in response to the 2016 elections. He talks about mistaking presence for power, the danger he saw in Trump’s racist attacks on President Obama, and how to build a true movement for change. Full speech here.
Rashad Robinson speaks on how our media presents a distorted view of crime, grossly out of sync with the actual stats, that makes people think Black people are to be feared. Presented by Media Matters and Color Of Change in March 2015. Full video here.