New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences

The election of President Obama shows how far America has progressed in overcoming the racial divides that for so long scarred this country. But while overt racism is less and less acceptable in America, unconscious racial bias still plays a large role in our politics and society, as a new project launched this week by … Continue reading New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences

New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences

The election of President Obama shows how far America has progressed in overcoming the racial divides that for so long scarred this country. But while overt racism is less and less acceptable in America, unconscious racial bias still plays a large role in our politics and society, as a new project launched this week by … Continue reading New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences

Tanene Allison: Follow the Artists to Our New Democracy

EJS has been fortunate to work with Tanene Allison on the past, especially when she worked for the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights. The topic of dissent and the role of artists in helping us more towards a new and improved American democracy is something that resonates with our work. This was originally published … Continue reading Tanene Allison: Follow the Artists to Our New Democracy

Calling Bloggers and Social Media Activists of Color!

The Equal Justice Society is proud to support Netroots Nation, the country's top convention for progressive online activists. We're encouraging bloggers and social media activists of color to submit session ideas for this year's gathering by March 31. (Contact me if you need help with submissions.) The fourth annual gathering of the Netroots (formerly known … Continue reading Calling Bloggers and Social Media Activists of Color!

Why Did the Obama Administration Renege on Its Offer to Tom Saenz?

All of us at EJS were ecstatic when we learned earlier this year that Tom Saenz was under consideration for Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice. Tom would have brought to that position an extensive and celebrated background as a champion for civil rights, social justice and progressive values. We were surprised … Continue reading Why Did the Obama Administration Renege on Its Offer to Tom Saenz?

NCLR Expresses Profound Disappointment with Saenz Decision

Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today expressed profound disappointment today that distinguished civil rights attorney Thomas Saenz is no longer a candidate to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. … Continue reading NCLR Expresses Profound Disappointment with Saenz Decision

RaceWire: Addressing Obama’s Racial Coding, plus Lakoff, Mike Lux

Tammy Johnson on racewire.com talks about her concerns over the use of racially coded language in President Obama's address to Congress earlier this week.  Her post has additional comments in addition to the video. It's interesting to take Tammy's analysis and compare it to George Lakoff's pre-speech assessment of the "Obama Code," his definition of … Continue reading RaceWire: Addressing Obama’s Racial Coding, plus Lakoff, Mike Lux

NY Post Editorial Cartoon: Simian Stereotypes and Cartoonist Excuses

If nothing else, the now-infamous New York Post cartoon by Sean Delonas published Wednesday showing a chimp shot to death by police officers should be a clear answer to the question of whether we're in a "post-racial" America. As EJS President Eva Paterson and others have argued, the answer to that question is a resounding … Continue reading NY Post Editorial Cartoon: Simian Stereotypes and Cartoonist Excuses