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Supreme Court Decision to Stop Census Count Will Wreak Havoc in Communities of Color

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2020

Contact: media@colorofchange.org

 

Supreme Court Decision to Stop Census Count Will Wreak Havoc in Communities of Color

Jennifer Edwards, Senior Director of Digital Engagement and Democracy for Color Of Change, issued this statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling to halt 2020 Census operations

“The Supreme Court’s ruling to cut our census count short is a blow to all American communities, but especially to Black and brown people. In the midst of a global pandemic, this decision will almost ensure that necessary resources and vital assistance will not reach many of the people that need them the most. President Trump’s insistence on rushing the 2020 Census is yet another attack on the Black and brown people that his Administration has continually disregarded. This unprecedented move is not only undemocratic; it puts the Court in lockstep with an Administration scheming to extend its reach far beyond this Presidential term. 

“Census data is used to make decisions about how money and political power are shared in our society, but historically, Black communities have been woefully undercounted. As a result, we are routinely robbed of our fair share of resources and political representation. Stopping the count early will exacerbate the longstanding issues impacting Black communities.” 

“A fair and accurate 2020 Census is crucial for protecting Black lives for the next ten years and beyond. While we are outraged by today’s decision, Color Of Change remains committed to the fight for fair and equal representation. We will do everything in our power to ensure that Black people’s voices are heard in every aspect of our democratic institutions.” 

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About Color Of Change:

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by millions of members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. Visit www.colorofchange.org.

 

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2020

Contact: media@colorofchange.org

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