"The executive orders signed this week mark the beginning of a sweeping, reckless assault — the likes of which we have never seen — on the values that unite us. Our country was founded on principles of freedom and inclusion, and we are stronger, safer, freer when we come together. However, each order finds a new way to divide us: singling out entire groups of people based on how they look or where they come from, turning away refugees, building useless and expensive walls.
It seems the worst outcome we could have imagined has become a reality: a stunning victory for racism, misogyny, homophobia, and vengeful authoritarianism. Like many of you, we watched the election results with a mixture of anger, grief, and anxiety about the future of racial justice and the safety of our communities. In the coming days, there will be much analysis and speculation about what led to this outcome.
Race Forward celebrates Supreme Court decisions in health care (King v. Burwell), housing discrimination (Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project), and same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), and underscores their impact on people of color, while acknowledging there remains work to be done.
There is a universal truth and that truth is: we all desire to be safe. And no place is that desire more deeply held than in a place of reverence, a place of worship. That is why Race Forward joins the Charleston community and the nation in condemning the horrific murder of 9 churchgoers at Emanuel A.M.E. Church on Wednesday night. We offer our deepest condolences to all impacted directly and indirectly.
The conversation on race in our country is changing. Once a subject left to be discussed by civil rights leaders, organizers and a few non-profits, race is now a topic for many. Names like Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and so many more have led to widespread conversations on race. The numerous anniversaries marking milestones of the Civil Rights Movement and, yes, that the President IS Black also factor in to discussions about the role race and racism play in our society.
Race Forward extends its condolences to the families and friends of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, three Arab-Muslim students who were killed this week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We hold Arab and Muslim communities in our thoughts, knowing well the terror that can arise in the wake of such horrific events.
Race Forward's Official Statement on the Grand Jury Decision
On August 9, 2014, a town in Missouri reminded the country and the world of the perils of being young and black. While tweeting and chanting “Black Lives Matter,” we waited and hoped that, this time, justice would be blind. That wait is now over. A grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson in the killing of young Michael Brown, meaning there will be no charges, no further investigation, and no trial by the State of Missouri. Race Forward is deeply disappointed with this outcome.
Race Forward welcomes President Obama’s Executive Order taking action on the deep and urgent need for immigration relief. It is no small matter that the Order will enable millions of people to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.
September 16, 2014
When we issued our initial statement on September 15, we were maintaining journalistic integrity. We needed to respond to our readers, followers, donors, and supporters. And we did. However, in efforts not to legitimize attacks against our organization and colleagues that we knew were baseless, we made several mistakes: