Rashad Robinson

Rashad Robinson is executive director of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

Recent Articles

The Federal Government's Secret War on Black Activists

In a chilling echo of the 1960s, law enforcement agencies have stepped up surveillance of racial justice advocates and groups exercising their constitutional rights.

(Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
Eight months ago, the images of a white mob in Charlottesville rallying around Confederate statues landed on our front pages and in our news feeds. Even the most cynical readers were shocked by the incident. Despite the terror and racism that fueled that moment—one that ended in a murder—it is Black protesters, not white supremacists, who are the targets of a campaign of surveillance and intimidation that’s gaining strength in the federal government. While civil rights activists don’t yet know the full scope of this campaign, some disturbing details have come to light including the existence of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document referred to as the “Race Paper” by DHS and other agency officials, which raises alarming questions about the federal government’s approach to Black activism. In March, my organization, Color of Change, along with the Center for Constitutional Rights and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, filed...