Category Archives: Federal Government

The U.S. Capitol has at least three times as many statues of Confederate figures as it does of black people

Confederate monuments have once again become focal points for protests and unrest following a violent white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville. Most of the controversy has centered on the presence of confederate monuments in cities and states, such as the one protesters tore down Monday night in Durham, N.C. But monuments to the confederacy are well-represented… Read More »

DOJ initiative against affirmative action is a step in the wrong direction

Last week, the Department of Justice announced a new initiative to investigate discrimination against white students in university admissions. This is a disturbing step backward. Critical priorities like protecting voting rights, civil rights and human rights continue to struggle for limited resources and attention. Yet, with this announcement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is choosing to… Read More »

Statement of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Response to Jeff Sessions’s Sixth Month as Attorney General of the United States

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released the following statement Wednesday in response to Jeff Sessions’s sixth month as Attorney General of the United States: “In his first six months as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has made clear his hostility to federal civil rights enforcement by… Read More »

How the Government Segregated America

During World War II, 19-year-old Frank Stevenson migrated from New Orleans, La., to Richmond, Calif., where he secured work at a Ford plant. Unable to find a place to live in the city’s segregated housing projects, he settled in North Richmond, an unincorporated area with limited services. After the war, Ford relocated 50 miles south… Read More »

NAACP denounces DOJ’s plans to curb diversity efforts in higher ed

The NAACP, the country’s original and largest social justice organization denounces the U.S. Department of Justice’s plans to investigate and sue higher education institutions whose admission policies promote the inclusion of people of color. The NAACP issued the following statement. “President Trump’s Justice Department seems laser-focused on achieving rights and privileges for ‘just-us’; totally excluding… Read More »

A former federal prosecutor proposes radical criminal justice reforms to benefit black men

Early on, in his recently published book, Chokehold [Policing Black Men], Paul Butler states, “cops routinely hurt and humiliate black people because that is what they are paid to do.” It’s a bold and stark claim that Butler, a Georgetown University Law School professor and former federal prosecutor, never backs away from as he challenges… Read More »