There is an awakening happening in our country, a new movement of advocates and activists that are countering the narrative that we’ve moved to a post-racial era. It’s a movement that is standing up for black lives and insists that all of us acknowledge the deep systemic structural racism that exists in our country today. It’s a movement that demands that we confront the injustices of the past and present so that we may move forward together to build a nation of liberty and justice for all.
It is true that while we may have fewer overt racists, racism is still deeply embedded within systems like our schools, workplaces, the criminal justice system and hospitals, to name a few. Think about it: because white people occupy a disproportionate number of positions of power in our society it comes at the expense of people of color.
When we took a stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we received a massive response--mostly of overwhelming support, but also mixed with misunderstanding, sincere questions and sadly, some hatred. But one thing became clear: it started a conversation.
We invite you to join us on a journey to better understand issues of race in our country, to acknowledge the existence of systemic racism and the implicit biases that all of us carry, and to ultimately commit to what Rev. Barber called on all of us to do: join hands, and move forward together.
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Color of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over seven million members, they move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
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The American Civil Liberties Union dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. The ACLU's mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.