‘This Is a Moment’: Civil Rights Lawyers Confront Pandemic and Police Violence Inequities
“In many respects, the pandemic has helped to just rip the Band-Aid off and make more visible the racial fault lines that exist in America,” said Kristen Clarke, president of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
By Jacqueline Thomsen
The National Law Journal
June 04, 2020 at 01:08 PM
“The pandemic and the tragic police violence have one fundamental thing in common, which is that they both reflect and exacerbate deep seated institutional racism, particularly against black Americans,” said Sam Spital, the director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “From a civil rights law perspective, they both require a response that is designed to address that deep-seated institutional racism. And to me, this is a moment in American history where fundamental transformation is necessary.”
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