Words matter, and most of the time connotations matter even more than definitions. So when the media started using language dehumanizing New Orleanians, specifically Black people, it helped create a narrative, curiosity and stigma that remain.
A protester removed a Confederate flag from a pole on the grounds of the state capitol in Columbia, S.C., Saturday and was promptly arrested. It was one of several acts aimed at Confederate flags and memorials.
We cannot afford to wait another 20 years for comprehensive, public data on how often local, state and federal police use force. Why? Because transparency is key for accountability. For every Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Mya Hall, Yuvette Henderson, Tamir Rice, Rekia Boyd, Aiyana-Stanley Jones or Tanisha Anderson, there are thousands of others. Without a database, police will continue to target, abuse, kill and unjustly push black and brown people into the criminal justice system with zero oversight.
New York Daily News: The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has the opportunity to impact history by enacting a simple but critical reform in New York, one that the Brooklyn NAACP has advocated for since the 1940s- authorize the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle criminal cases involving allegations of police impropriety. L Joy Williams, President of the Brooklyn NAACP and Rashad Robinson of Color of Change, ask the governor: How many must die before action is taken towards real reform?
ColorOfChange's new report, NOT TO BE TRUSTED: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC, reveals a shocking pattern; every major network affiliate in New York City -- WABC, WNBC, WCBS, and WNYW/FOX5 -- is disproportionately focusing their crime reporting on Black suspects, and inaccurately exaggerating the proportion of Black people involved in crime. This dangerous crime coverage puts Black communities at great risk by feeding the ugly stereotypes that shape the implicit or explicit biases of their audiences, leading to discriminatory hiring practices, biased treatment in courtrooms, and the kinds of brutal treatment by police that took the lives of unarmed Black people like Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Akai Gurley.
"The Civil Rights Act bans discrimination and discriminatory policing, but a lot of those haven't been enforced," said Matt Nelson, the organizing director for Color of Change, a group that works to strengthen African-Americans‰ŰŞ political voice. "We've had laws in place, even laws that mandate collection of data of people killed by police, but it just hasn't been done. There is quite a lot that President Obama can do that he hasn't yet, when he said now is the time to transform policing. There are some concrete actions ‰ŰÓ two executive orders ‰ŰÓ he can take to move us closer to that reality where folks aren't getting killed by police at such horrifying rates," he said. "We have a situation where nationwide, police kill black Americans at nearly the same rate as Jim Crow‰ŰŇera lynchings. That's the day-to-day reality that black people in America face, and that has to change," Nelson said.
The executive actions that Donald Trump has and is expected to sign show an absolute contempt for American values of freedom and religious liberty. From defunding “sanctuary cities” to expanding detention centers for undocumented immigrants to ordering a ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, Trump is moving forward with a plot against America, selling off American values just so he and his friends can make a buck.
We won’t mince words: any CEO who stays on this council is placing access to power over people’s lives, they are putting money over this country’s future. In this moment in our nation, we will not forgot those who remained silent and we will hold special contempt for those who used their access and power for profit.
It is undoubtedly promising that the Academy has heard demands from Black Americans and our supporters to recognize the incredible work being done by Black film professionals. But, ultimately, it shouldn’t be extraordinary to see Oscar nominations that reflect the diversity of our country. It should be entirely ordinary
Movements need numbers, but they also need a strategy that maps the impact of their defiance and ensures disruptions on the authority of decision-makers. The Nation names Color Of Change as an organization leading the way on movement strategy and action.
School tracking practices that relegate students to remedial or robust curriculums have long been controversial. But as Color Of Change points out this Q&A, many Black children face an even more devious tracking system: The school to prison pipeline.