"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

- The Declaration of Independence

The authors of the Declaration of Independence outlined a bold vision for America: a nation in which all people would be free and equal.

Today, more than two hundred years later, that vision has yet to be achieved.

Though generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, employment, educational, and other spheres, the forced removal of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of those of African descent marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free.

From our public schools where students of color are too often confined to racially isolated, underfunded, and inferior programs, to our criminal justice system that disproportionately targets and incarcerates people of color and criminalizes poverty, to the starkly segregated world of housing, the dream of full equality remains an elusive one.

The ACLU fights against any and all forms of racism in an effort to assist those groups who have historically been negatively impacted because of their race.

Through the courts, legislatures and community activism, we strive to educate and empower the public on issues of race as it relates to criminal justice, economic justice, inequality in education and more. There are many sub-areas to address within this broad issue, but racial justice is necessary for the United States to live up to the principles upon which it was founded.

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