The National Urban League presented its yearly report on the condition of Black America, stating that hate and extremism within the nation are attacking the country. The organization intends to raise awareness about the growth of far-right and domestic extremism and the danger it poses to communities, families, and the nation.
The report highlights areas where disparities exist, such as education, employment, health, housing, criminal justice, and civic engagement. During the report’s unveiling ceremony in Atlanta, Marc H. Morial, the organization’s CEO and president, stated that it is time to resist and fight back.
“There’s a fire blazing in the United States of America,” Morial said. “That fire is burning through democracy.”
He told attendees that it’s time to stand up to hate and manipulation.
“It is our job, Urban League, as friends and allies to fight to resist and to battle against this,” Morial said.
Hateful rhetoric and extremist ideologies have reached the military, law enforcement, politics and classrooms across the country, according to the report.
During the report’s unveiling ceremony, Marc H. Morial expressed concern about several states’ efforts to limit the teaching of Black people’s contributions to American history, stating that these efforts aim to erase a truthful recollection of the role of race. He addressed Florida officials’ decision to reject an Advanced Placement class on African American studies, calling it a “disrespectful” rejection of Black people’s legacy and history.
Morial asserted that such efforts are not led by parents but are instead part of a “hate movement in fancy clothing” seeking to limit the teaching of race in schools. He urged Americans to extinguish the flames of hatred and extremism that are burning through democracy. This year’s edition of the “State of Black America” report was prepared in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center and UCLA’s Law Anti-CRT legislative tracking project and includes essays from lawmakers, scholars, and civil rights advocates.
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