Dennis Parker

Dennis Parker is director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, leading its efforts in combating discrimination and addressing other issues with a disproportionate impact on communities of color.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Trump White House's Actions Recall the Most Divisive Eras of the American Past
One of the most striking, and dispiriting, aspects of the actions and pronouncements coming from the White House over the last year is the way that they seem to echo the most divisive and damaging eras of the country’s history. Chief of Staff John Kelly’s recent description of the Civil War as a...
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Stop Brutalizing Kids in the Classroom
A turning point in the civil rights movement came in the spring of 1963 when the police and fire departments of Birmingham, Alabama, trained fire hoses and sicced police dogs on demonstrators protesting segregation at lunch counters and stores in that city. Though black people had long been the...
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Sunday, August 02, 2015
A Year After Ferguson, Little Has Changed
It has been a year since the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri galvanized the nation and the world. Any fears that the passage of time would relegate the issues of police abuses inflicted upon people of color and the importance of respecting the intrinsic value of Black lives to the back burner...
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Friday, June 26, 2015
A Battle Won in the War Against Racial Discrimination
We’re living in a tale of two Americas, where racial segregation and racial disparities in housing continue to plague our nation. A report we released this week outlines just how disadvantaged future generations of Black Americans will be because of predatory lending practices that...
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Friday, December 05, 2014
'Believing Our Lying Eyes': Race, Justice, and Eric Garner
Perhaps the most surprising thing about yesterday's announcement from the Staten Island grand jury is our own surprise at the outcome. After years of hearing of the killing of unarmed black men by police officers with no accountability and no widespread acknowledgement beyond particular communities...
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Friday, November 28, 2014
Black and Blue: The All-Too-Often Toxic Relationship Between Communities of Color and Law Enforcement
Twenty-five years ago, Director Spike Lee released the film "Do the Right Thing" which illustrated with startling realism the racial tensions and uneasy relationship between police and the communities of color in Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood. The film's message about the need to alter...
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The comments and behavior of those spewing overt racist comments can make it easier for the society at large to ignore the ways institutional racism impacts us all. (Photo: Twitpic) Views
Friday, May 02, 2014
Why Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy Are Not the Problem
In her heartfelt dissent in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action , which upheld a Michigan ballot initiative forbidding schools from considering race as one factor in admitting students, Justice Sandra Sotomayor wrote "the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak...
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