HuffPost spoke with Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, about what it means to stand up to white supremacy in public policy. As a leading civil rights law firm, the NAACP LDF has fought seminal cases in defense of minority voting rights, against racial bias in the criminal justice system, and for affirmative action in education.
“Calling out extremists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis is an important but very low bar for where we should be as a society at this stage in our democracy,” Nelson told HuffPost. “What we should be [having] is a much more nuanced and deepened understanding of how those ‘isms’ manifest in policy, in systems, in a cloak of oppression that still lives with us.”
Read the full interview here.