Racial Justice & Human Dignity

race fact sheet


  • Civil Rights, Immigration & Human Dignity

    Civil rights, immigration, climate change, and the economy - all are connected and tied directly to the issues of justice and human rights.

    At the Sanders Institute Gathering, Dr. Jim Zogby moderated a panel on civil rights, immigration, and human dignity with Dr. Radhika Balakrishnan, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Susan Sarandon, and Ben Jealous. The panelists talked about how climate change and economic injustice are creating conflicts across the world and contributing to mass migration. This in turn has impacted several countries fostering xenophobic far-right movements. They discussed the importance of judging a country's economy, not on how large it is, but on whether it is just and meets the test of providing equal opportunity for all. And they talked about the history of the United States and how genocide against indigenous peoples, indentured servitude, slavery, and disenfranchisement defined the United States' beginning and still shapes our social and our political realities.

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  • My Morehouse Brother Chinedu Okobi Died After Being Electrocuted by Police. Tasers Are Not “Less Lethal” Weapons.

    In this article, Shaun King describes the death of a classmate by taser. King decries the use of excessive violence in the United States - whether it is through guns, tasers, or other means - and demonstrates how this excessive violence has a vastly disparate effect on black and brown communities than it does on white communities.  

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  • The Best Evidence That the NFL Effectively Banned Colin Kaepernick? His Name Is Eric Reid.

    In this article, Shaun King makes the case for racism against two men, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, who should be playing in the NFL right now, but lost everything because they knelt in protest during the national anthem. 

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  • Why We Should Be Protesting the National Anthem

    So let me say it: I am protesting the anthem.

    I am protesting its deeply bigoted author - who owned human beings for convenience and profit.

    And I am protesting injustice in this nation on behalf of so many families that continue to experience systematic racism, police brutality, and inequality — all while others expect us to get up and sing with a heart full of happiness.

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  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Leads Legislation to Expand Nationwide Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection

     “Every year in Hawai‘i, more than 50,000 women are victims of domestic violence. While domestic violence continues to be an epidemic in our country and we have much more work to do, funding through the Violence Against Women Act has been critical to providing survivors and their families with resources, support, and care and also holding those responsible accountable. However these funds run out on September 30th - there is no time to waste. Congress needs to rise above partisan politics and come together to pass this life-saving legislation now.”

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  • To Realize Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, White America Needs To Change Course

    To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault sits down with one of his closest friends, artist and activist Harry Belafonte, who remembers how they met and what made King so special, as well as why he says America is more racially divided than any other moment in his life.

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  • MLK Called For a Revolution of Values

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