Blog of Rights

A Roadmap for Fighting Racism

A Roadmap for Fighting Racism

By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 10:34am

On this day in 1960, white police officers in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on a peaceful anti-apartheid demonstration killing 69 black South African protestors...

Singling Us Out: NYPD's Spying on Muslim Americans Creates Fear and Distrust

Singling Us Out: NYPD's Spying on Muslim Americans Creates Fear and Distrust

My fellow students describe censoring themselves in classes to avoid saying anything that might be taken as controversial or out of the mainstream.

Why Mass Incarceration Really is the New Jim Crow

Why Mass Incarceration Really is the New Jim Crow

By Inimai Chettiar, ACLU at 3:41pm

Black Americans are twice as likely to be arrested during a traffic stop and nearly four times as likely to experience the threat or use of force.

The Daily Show Tells Florida Legislators: "I Think I’m Gonna Need You to Pee into This Cup"

The Daily Show Tells Florida Legislators: "I Think I’m Gonna Need You to Pee into This Cup"

By Rachel Bloom, ACLU at 12:09pm

Last night the Daily Show featured ACLU client Luis Lebron, a Navy veteran who refused to take the drug test required by the State of Florida for welfare applicants.

How Can a 3-Year-Old Represent Himself in Court?

How Can a 3-Year-Old Represent Himself in Court?

By Beth Werlin, American Immigration Council & Kristin Macleod-Ball, American Immigration Council at 5:28pm

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three-year-old…

Whistleblower Says CBP Has Culture of Impunity and Violence

Whistleblower Says CBP Has Culture of Impunity and Violence

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:44pm

Yesterday the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) published what it described as "the most scathing public criticism ever lodged against Customs and Border Protection from a high-ranking official at the nation's largest law enforcement agency."

James…

Integrated classroom. Photo: Warren K. Leffler

Mary Frances Berry: 60 Years After Brown, "The students didn't fail us; we failed the students."

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 1:30pm

Within a minute or two of speaking with Mary Frances Berry, you first hear the crackle of enthusiasm and then you notice the matter-of-fact way she can describe something awful, like police intimidation in the South, and chuckle, seemingly at the absurdity…

Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman and daughter

Resegregation: The Unfulfilled Promise of Brown

By Carmel Ferrer at 1:40pm

Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman lives with her daughter, Sophie, in the same Wilmington, Del., house where Tizzy grew up. She had hoped to send her daughter to the same elementary school she attended as a little girl, but soon discovered that the school…

Diversity and Dissent in Lee Daniels' The Butler

Diversity and Dissent in Lee Daniels' The Butler

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 12:16pm

2013 was considered by some to be a "banner year" for films featuring African-American actors and stories, due in part to the release of Lee Daniels' The Butler. Despite notable performances by Forest Whittaker and Oprah Winfrey, the film failed to…

Why "Redskins" Is Wrong

Why "Redskins" Is Wrong

By Stephen Pevar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU at 11:16am

Think of a vile name that you were called by bullies at school based on your religion, your race, your country of origin, or some other characteristic. How did it make you feel? If I call you by the same name but tell you that my intention is to honor…