Racial Justice

In The Souls of Black Folk, DuBois wrote that β€œthe problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” One hundred years later, there is still a sharp divide along racial lines for almost all socioeconomic indicators in society. So, while our anti-imperial, eco-socialist agenda will certainly benefit all working people, especially people of color, race-specific policies are also necessary to tackle the effects of settler-colonialism, genocide, land-theft, slavery, and segregation and to dismantle white supremacy.

Every position in our policy platform contributes to the fight for racial justice. We maintain an anti-racist lens throughout our platform. Please view our other policy positions for the full scope.

Our Plan:

  • Support HR 40, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act

  • Support reparations for the descendants of American slaves

  • Support reparations for indigenous peoples

  • Provide funding for communities of color disproportionately impacted by environmental racism, housing segregation and disinvestment, apartheid schools, lack of access to healthcare, under- and unemployment, and racialized policing

  • Support tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction

  • Ensure culturally-responsive/sustaining curricula in schools, centering racial and social justice; the histories of people of color in America and their indigenous histories abroad; LGBTQ+ studies; and multilingual education and immersion.

  • Provide funding for disaggregating racial data by ethnic/national origin so that the socioeconomic differences that exist within racial groups are not erased by monolithic categorization. For example, though both the same race/demographic identifier, there are significant differences socioeconomically between Black American descendants of slaves in Mississippi and Nigerian immigrants in Texas; or Hmong refugees and 4th generation Chinese-Americans; or Dominicans in New York City and Cubans in Miami. A better understanding of these differences will help us shape policy targeting specific communities.

     

  • Puerto Rico

    • Support justice and self-determination for the Puerto Rican people; advocate for referendum in which Puerto Ricans decide their political status

    • Cancellation of Puerto Rico's Wall Street debt

    • Lift austerity measures

    • End the corporate rule of the unelected PROMESA junta