Slavery didn't end in 1865.
The United States has done very little to acknowledge its history of genocide, slavery, lynching, and racial segregation. As a result, people of color are marginalized, disadvantaged, and disproportionately impoverished today.
Committing to a process of truth and reconciliation is key to achieving equal justice in America. And that process begins with a clear view of the facts.
Southern lynch mobs killed more than 4,000 black people between 1877 and 1950.
Picnicking spectators, including officials and prominent citizens, would watch as African Americans were publicly tortured and murdered for non-crimes.1
Bumping into a white person. Wearing military uniforms after WWII. Not addressing a white person appropriately.
My family didn’t leave the South—they were chased away from the South.
Doria Dee Johnson, remembering her great-grandfather Anthony Crawford, who was lynched in 1916 in Abbeville, SC.
Currently, more than half of the prison population is black in these twelve states.
Joe Sullivan is one of only two thirteen-year-olds in the country who were sentenced to life without parole for a non-fatal offense.
Joe was sent to an adult prison when he was just fourteen, and he was repeatedly and brutally vicitmized by older inmates. He has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair.
Appointed lawyers representing half of Alabama’s death row have compensations capped at
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The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.