The pendulum that once swung towards equality now swings back eroding the gains for which generations before us so valiantly fought. Urban centers in our nation are collapsing under the weight of inadequate health care; substandard housing; high infant mortality; declining public school systems, uneven distribution of wealth; extreme violence and swelling prison enrollment. Growing inequality in women’s rights, disability rights, gay rights and immigrant rights also span our nation.
What’s worse: the institutions that once served as allies for equality, including the Supreme Court and Congress, have become its detractors. From the invalidation of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act to upholding bans on affirmative action, many who occupy the halls of political power have lost touch with the realities and protections necessary for our country’s ever changing and diverse population.
We, however, will not be turned around. Racism, discrimination and equal opportunity remains at the forefront of our social agenda and the NAACP along with our multigenerational and multicultural allies are together leading the way.
By listening to and talking with each other we recognize in 2014 — like in 1964 — that we share more commonalities than we do differences. Well all deserve a quality education, a secure job that pays a living wage, to be able to walk down the street without judgment and unfettered access to the ballot box.
Our collective struggle for freedom, justice, and equality is what unites us and requires men and women — of all hues, ages, orientations and political affiliations— to make this nation what it ought to be.
Eyes on the Prize: Advancing the Cause of Civil Rights | Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors (via gaywrites)