Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson writes on his recent meeting with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s failure to take civil rights seriously. In the end, Zuckerberg has too much to gain financially by continuing to pander to Trump and his racist supporters. “In 2020, Facebook’s indulgent and laissez-faire policies have enabled hateful harassment, rampant misinformation and disinformation, and the suppression of Black organizers… Zuckerberg sees white nationalism – and racism in general – as a political issue of right versus left, instead of a moral issue of right versus wrong.”
In the Media
Instagram has long been the social media platform where people go to escape. But now the Black Lives Matter movement pushed the platform into racial politics and it’s increasingly where white Gen Z’ers are getting an education in solidarity and how to be an ally. Color Of Change’s Sr. Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter says, “Instagram has always been Blacker, more Latinx, younger — groups that are on the front lines right now in a number of ways… For us, the personal is political, and it’s hard to untangle those two.”
In the weeks since George Floyd was killed, nearly every US industry has come under pressure to face their shortcomings when it comes to racial equality. In music, the Recording Academy just announced it will team up with Color Of Change to launch a set of initiatives to open the industry. Valeisha Butterfield Jones from the Academy said, “They’ve done great work in the TV and film industries, and we saw opportunity for us to do similar work to drive change and amplify the voices of Black people and creators in music through a partnership.”
Dataminr helped law enforcement monitor the protests that swept the country after the killing of George Floyd, tipping police off to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators. COC Sr. Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter says, “We know that law enforcement agencies spend a breathtaking amount of money to aggressively track, target, and surveil Black communities. Twitter can’t have it both ways, courting Black activists and marketing themselves as the preeminent tool for organizing against injustice, while turning a blind eye to companies contracting with them for surveillance.”
As more big brands pledged to stop advertising on Facebook — costing the company $7B so far — Zuckerberg reversed his stance and agreed to put a warning label on posts that break its hate speech and harmful content rules. Previously Facebook refused to remove, punish, or call out content so long as it was considered newsworthy. But it appears #StopHateforProfit, organized by Color Of Change, the NAACP, and Anti-Defamation League is having an impact. The question remains whether Zuckerberg will take the kind of action needed to stop white nationalist and hate groups from proliferating.
This article explains how COVID-19 will further devastate communities of color if officials don’t let more people out of prisons and jails. Color Of Change helped launch #ClemencyWorks, circulating petitions urging governors to grant clemency to the most vulnerable people behind bars. More than 70 organizations nationwide have signed on, calling on “DAs, mayors, sheriffs and judges, locally elected people who have the ability to drastically decarcerate” to do the right thing according to Scott Roberts, COC’s Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns.
The Hollywood Reporter talks to Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson, after COC got ‘Cops’ and ‘Live PD’ canceled. They talk about the impact of crime TV and how what we see onscreen affects how behave in the real world. “It is the height of privilege and arrogance to think that any of us could be apolitical in writing and producing that content.” Read the full story at https://bit.ly/38i51N8.
In USA Today, Representative Ayanna Presley and Color Of Change President Rashad Robison write how crises always create political change. COVID-19 is showing us the need to let go of deep, destructive divisions in society around race and class and build an America that works for us all. Read the full article at https://bit.ly/2Y8cNpp.
In his latest column for the Guardian, Rashad Robinson explains how the failed and corrupt response to COVID-19 is killing Black businesses, Black jobs, Black votes and Black people – more than other communities. That’s why The Black Response and other avenues for racial justice activism are critical now. Read the full piece at https://bit.ly/3e7ET9O.
Read Rashid Robinson’s latest column in BET on how we must not only applaud essential workers, but make corporations protect them. See the full post at https://bet.us/2Ccg8v3.
Despite incompetent responses by the government in fighting COVID-19, leaders continue to shift the blame to, you guessed it, Black people. One of the deepest habits in US politics is blaming Black people — rather than address how decades of structural racism, political exploitation, and economic exclusion have created the perfect storm devastating our communities. Read the article at https://bit.ly/3e8U1nB.
Rashad writes in LA Progressive about how COVID-19 is Trump’s Katrina. The pandemic has reached epic proportions in the US because of a lack of corporate and government accountability. Decades of growing inequality that mean Black lives and communities are unnecessarily put at even higher risk. Read the full article at https://bit.ly/2YGqISF.