African-Americans are imprisoned at more than five times the rate of white Americans. Black women are three to four times more likely to die during pregnancy or due to delivery complications than white women. Latinas earn roughly 54 cents for every dollar earned by a non-Latino man.

These are a few examples of the bias and institutional racism that hamper our public schools, criminal justice system, places of work, political structures, and financial systems. Coupled with more overt displays of racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism across the country, there are a host of systemic and current issues that we must continue to find ways to overcome.

Prospective Fellows applying in the Civil Rights issue area will work to protect and advance the civil rights of minorities and people of color, including but certainly not limited to:

  • Supporting equality in education, healthcare, housing, voting, and social services
  • Fighting for fair and equal policing
  • Ending mass incarceration
  • Leveraging litigation and the court systems to protect civil rights
  • Supporting voting rights and mitigating voter suppression
  • Dismantling or weakening alt-right, anti-black, and racist groups

An America that asks what it owes its most vulnerable citizens is improved and humane. An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.

Ta-Nehisi Coates