We Are Done Dying
We do not have the full right to live in this country.
You can change this.
Business as usual may cost us our livelihoods and our lives.
You can change this.
As the world faces unprecedented times and new realities during this global pandemic, and incidents of hate and domestic terrorism are perpetuated leading to routine brutalization of African-Americans, the health and safety of our people are at an unparalleled risk. Senseless hate crimes and incidence of COVID-19 cases and deaths spreading throughout the Black community display the continuance of systematic racism and privilege granted to white people in America. Our communities are experiencing the worst outcomes on all fronts. From every location reporting data in the nation, African Americans are being harmed—both in infections and fatalities—in higher percentages. The NAACP is focused on highlighting the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community and amplifying the consistent mistreatment of our communities long before there was a pandemic.
The opportunity to bring light to this and fight for equality during this uncertain time is crucial. We are done dying.
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CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY
The high costs of corrections are an expense states cannot afford. Moreover, the conditions inside of most prisons have created breeding grounds for COVID-19 outbreaks. Safely reducing the prison population must be a priority now.
As Congress prepares the next stimulus, a portion of resources should be conditioned on implementing measures to de-incarcerate. Given the crisis, it is time for Congress to continue the work it started in the First Step Act and take the next step. View our criminal justice policy demands.
In 2018, the median household income in the US was $61,937. For African American households, the median income was $41,692— the lowest among all racial and ethnic groups. Longstanding structural racism has compounded the COVID-19 crisis. When it comes to relief, people of color are last in line. Despite four congressional stimulus bills, federal aid has not trickled to the places of greatest need. View our economic policy demands.
African Americans live with a greater burden of disease than whites, and as we’re seeing more and more of our chronic conditions place us at increased risk for complications from COVID-19. The inequities within the U.S. healthcare system impact people of color disproportionately and lead to unequal access to services and poorer health outcomes, especially for African Americans. View our health policy demands.
The fundamental right of every eligible voter to cast their ballot and every resident to have their voice heard as a member of society are cornerstones of our democracy. How we deploy resources, make real the social norms and standards across every community, shape our daily lives through policy, and move forward the shared values of this country are all based on these foundational principles. View our voting policy demands.