Wed Jul 2, 2014 - 4:00am EDT
July 2 marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In commemoration, we rallied on Twitter to mark this important milestone – and to call for additional measures to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. As a result of this rally, over 100 interactions were generated on Twitter and over 20 people signed the petition calling for a National Plan of Action.
The U.S. has made progress in eliminating overt forms of discrimination, such as Jim Crow laws. Today, discrimination is less direct, but just as pernicious. For example, a 2007 Princeton study found that recent black college grads ages 22 to 27 have an unemployment rate of 12.4 percent, more than double the 5.6 percent unemployed among all college grads in that demographic.
That, according to the study’s author, Devah Pager, shows “we are confronted with a troubling reality: Being black in America today is just about the same as having a felony conviction in terms of one’s chances of finding a job.”
Fortunately, the United States is party to international human rights law designed to eliminate both direct and indirect forms of racial discrimination. That is why we asked you to tweet with us on July 2 using #CivilRights50 and #CERD.
Why those hash tags? #CivilRights50 is the tag for all of the 50th anniversary civil rights tweets and CERD stands for the UN International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination. USHRN is using the CERD process to pressure the U.S. Government to advance racial justice. Check out our CERD webpage for more information.
So now that the rally is over, what can you do? Join us in calling for the elimination of racial discrimination through our Once and For All Campaign – sign the petition that calls for a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice (#onceandforall)!
Some sample tweets from the rally:
- Black men receive longer sentences than whites. #RacialJustice now. #CivilRights50 #CERD bit.ly/cerdrally
- Achieve racial #equality #onceandforall. Sign the petition on this #CivilRights50. Advocate 4 #racetreaty #CERD bit.ly/cerdrally
- Have you been discriminated against because of your #race? Or witnessed it happen? Tell us #CivilRights50 #CERD bit.ly/cerdrally
- On #CivilRights50, nearly half of people of color live < 2miles from hazardous waste. #RacialJustice now. #CERD bit.ly/cerdrally
- Voter ID laws r #racist. Let’s achieve #racialjustice #onceandforall - stick to the #CERD #racetreaty bit.ly/cerdrally #CivilRights50
- Every1, irrespective of income, race, gender, nationality, sexuality... has the right to health #CivilRights50 #CERD bit.ly/cerdrally
(Photo Credit: flickr user meanestindian)