Read the New York Times’s feature on Color Of Change as we reach 15 years of building momentum for racial justice. The article explores how we got from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to the global protests after George Floyd’s death, the fight to fix Big Tech and create power during COVID-19, and where the movement is going next. Rashad Robinson is quoted: “We’ve taken risks, we’ve been smarter about who we are and we’ve, in many ways, had to walk into rooms where people expected one thing from us and we’ve been able to do a lot more things. And that’s the story of Black people in America.”
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Protocol features Color Of Change’s work since 2013 — led by Arisha Hatch, Rashad Robinson and Brandi Collins-Dexter — to hold tech companies accountable for racist propaganda, misinformation, and letting algorithms put sensationalism and profits above people of color. Since George Floyd’s killing and the nation’s reckoning on racial justice and the organization’s role in organizing #StopHateForProfit, a $7B ad boycott, the stakes have gotten higher. Color Of Change has a seat at the table with execs at the big tech companies. But are they ready to take responsibility for their inaction?
Color Of Change made NPR’s list of steps you can take to combat racism. Tip #4, “Find local organizations involved in anti-racism efforts – preferably led by people of color – and help uplift their ideas” comes from Color Of Change’s Vice President Arisha Hatch. She says learning to uplift non-white voices – even those who may disagree with you – is important for white people. “Part of being an ally and part of letting go of privilege is, I think, putting yourselves in situations where you may be uncomfortable. You may have a different idea, but…you’re actively working to support organizers and activists who have been thinking about these systemic problems for generations.”
Yet again, Facebook is under fire for letting people incite violence on its platform. The company didn’t respond when users sounded the alarm about a militia group issuing a “call to arms” online before the violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which left two people dead. Facebook told users the page didn’t meet its criteria for removal but ended up taking down the page — after armed militias took to the streets. “This crisis of hate-fueled violence requires immediate, drastic action from Facebook and all other platforms on which these groups gather,” says Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson. “Facebook’s superficial policy changes mean nothing when they aren’t enforced.”
Four days after a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer shot Jacob Blake 7 times in the back, the Milwaukee Bucks chose not to take the floor for a playoff game. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson commented, “The team is absolutely right” to demand leaders in Wisconsin “actually prosecute and hold police accountable. At the state and the federal level, we need to end qualified immunity. We actually need to seriously deal with the swollen police budgets and the militarization of police. And that money should be divested and invested in things that we know keep people safe and make communities whole.”
There’s a disparity among nominees of color on the Emmy ballot this year, which reflects a disconnect within the industry at large. Though more Black performers are being nominated, people of color still account for less than 15% of the writers and directors nominated. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted on the ways the industry has yet to let non-white people have decision-making power. “We can’t mistake presence for power. Power is the ability to change the rules.”
Read the NYT’s spotlight on Color Of Change and our 15 years of building momentum for racial justice. The article explores how we got from Hurricane Katrina to the global protests after George Floyd’s death and where the movement is going next. Rashad Robinson is quoted: “We’ve taken risks, we’ve been smarter about who we are and we’ve, in many ways, had to walk into rooms where people expected one thing from us and we’ve been able to do a lot more things. And that’s the story of Black people in America.” Full article is at https://nyti.ms/2Ii78I5.
Read about Color Of Change’s work — led by Arisha Hatch, Rashad Robinson and Brandi Collins-Dexter — to hold tech companies accountable for racist propaganda, misinformation, and letting algorithms put sensationalism and profits above people of color. Since George Floyd’s killing and the nation’s reckoning on racial justice, the stakes have gotten higher. COC has a seat at the table with execs at the big tech companies. But are they ready to take responsibility? Full article at https://bit.ly/333ocJO.
In Men’s Health, Color Of Change Rashad Robinson shares his personal and professional reflections on the injustice of money bail. Growing up, he’d watch his family collectively scrape together money to help an uncle who’d been arrested. But Kalief Browder’s story really opened his eyes to how wrong it is to let big companies profit off reap profits off the bail industry while innocent Black and Brown people often spend months in jail just awaiting trial. Full article at https://bit.ly/3662hmS.
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.