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Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange, having
joined the organization in May 2011. For well over a decade, Robinson
has helped to mobilize communities across the country to create more
inclusive cultural and political institutions. A recognized expert on
how popular culture impacts American attitudes and values, he has
served as a thought leader, widely sought-out speaker, strategist and leader on holding public figures accountable and utilizing media to shift public opinion concerning progressive and civil rights issues. He has appeared in hundred of news stories, interviews, and political discussions through outlets such as ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, OWN, The New York Times, Fast Company, and NPR.

In 2010, Robinson was selected as one of "The Root 100," a list of
emerging and influential African Americans. He has previously held
leadership roles at GLAAD, the Right to Vote Campaign, and FairVote.

Entries by Rashad Robinson

The Movement for Voting Rights Is a Movement for a Better Future

(38) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 8:00 AM


Ten years ago, ColorOfChange started in the aftermath of a flood - Hurricane Katrina - caused by bad decision-makers, turned into an epic, life-altering disaster by bad decision-makers. Black folks were literally on their roofs begging for help and they were left stranded by...

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From Justice for Freddie Gray to Undoing Racism

(12) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 10:32 PM

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has charged all six officers involved in the killing of Freddie Gray. In her announcement, Mosby acknowledged that Gray had been stopped illegally and stated, "I heard your calls for no justice, no peace." The officers face charges ranging from second-degree depraved heart murder to...

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Deadline's Dangerous Take on Hollywood Diversity

(27) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 2:52 PM

With the wild success of hit shows like Empire, Blackish, Fresh Off the Boat, How to Get Away with Murder, and Jane the Virgin, it feels like Hollywood is finally starting to get what so many of us knew all along; audiences want to see diversity. Yet somehow, at this...

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Corporate Buyout: Why Legacy Civil Rights Groups Are on the Wrong Side of History

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 6:48 PM

How did it come to this, when the NAACP, Urban League and other legacy civil rights groups are actually propping up Republican leadership in their efforts to tear down President Obama? It's like an alternative universe where stalwarts in the fight to amplify the voices of the powerless are now...

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Ensuring the Voices of Government Reflect the People They Represent

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:05 PM

It has been more than a month since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the highly militarized and repressive police response to the rallies and demonstrations that came in its wake. The scenes still seem misplaced, as if taken from a history book illustrating the height of the...

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Private Prisons Are Losing

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 9:57 PM

It is no secret that for-profit prison companies are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses of the past 30 years.

In 2012, the Department of Justice found that guards at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility (managed by GEO Group) routinely pepper sprayed and viciously beat youth...

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Private Prisons: The Case for Divestment

(4) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Tom Beasley, the co-founder of the largest private prison company in the country, the Corrections Corporation of America, once boasted that selling prisons was little different from selling "cars, or real estate, or hamburgers."

That may have been music to the ears of his shareholders, but it also revealed how...

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A Reason to Watch Saturday Night Live Again

(6) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 9:29 PM

Just a day after Saturday Night Live announced the midseason addition of Sasheer Zamata to the cast, and still weeks prior to her scheduled debut, at least one Hollywood critic was already scribbling an asterisk by Sasheer's name.

*Token, undeserving, diversity hire.

SNL's decision...

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An Open Letter to Jay-Z: One Thing You Could Say About Barneys That Might Matter

(91) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 9:40 PM

It's unfortunate but, sooner or later, Jay-Z, you're going to have to say something.

Nobody should blame you for cutting a promotional deal -- launching an exclusive holiday collection -- with Barneys just before a racial profiling scandal exploded at the luxury Manhattan department store. As one of your most...

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The Miss America Backlash Is an Opportunity We Can't Miss

(10) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 4:56 PM

On Sunday night, 24-year-old Nina Davuluri became the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America.

Like clockwork, social media exploded with a cavalcade of horrifically racist comments. Ignorant Twitter users dubbed her "Miss Arab," called her victory a "slap in the face" to 9/11 victims, and accused her of being...

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A Modern March for Newer Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 9:21 PM

In his autobiography Walking With the Wind, John Lewis describes the morning of the 1963 March on Washington. The most prominent civil rights leaders -- Dr. King, Bayard Rustin, Lewis and others -- were in meetings at the Capitol and realized that the march had started without them. They watched...

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It's Time for the Freedom to Vote

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Last week, the United States Supreme Court attacked a signature achievement of the Civil Rights Movement. The decision in Shelby v. Holder, to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act, will make it harder to vote for voters of color, language minorities and other Americans.

Since 1965, Section 5...

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Albany Leaders -- What About Black New Yorkers?

(29) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 5:24 PM

Last week, I read the new national report released by the ACLU that examined marijuana arrests across the country. While we knew there was disparity, the levels reflected in the report were shocking even to those of us who follow these issues. The report reveals that although Blacks...

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A Time to Reflect on Justice

(14) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 3:31 PM

One year ago, after decades of appeals, witness recantations and petitions for clemency, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis. I stood witness outside the prison in Jackson, praying, singing and crying among a crowd of hundreds, all of us certain that the exonerating evidence would compel the justice system...

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Unite the Two New Yorks: End Discriminatory Marijuana Arrests

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 3:10 PM

I love New York City. Besides being the capital of arts, media and culture, it's presented as the capital of possibilities. The possibility that you can come from anywhere in the world and if you work hard and use your talents, you can make it. I dreamed of living here...

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The Trayvon Martin Tragedy: Pop Culture Plays a Role

(160) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Trayvon Martin was a good student, had no criminal record and was unarmed, but what George Zimmerman saw was "a real suspicious guy" who might be "on drugs or something." Despite being instructed by a 911 dispatcher to wait for police to arrive, Zimmerman took things into his...

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White Supremacists Show Support for MSNBC's Pat Buchanan

(32) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 3:05 PM

White nationalists see Pat Buchanan as a mainstream champion of their beliefs. So when launched a campaign last week calling on MSNBC to fire Buchanan from his role as a contributor and political analyst, white supremacists took to the Internet to rally around their prized public intellectual....

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Troy Davis Is Dead; the Movement Continues

(240) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 9:33 AM

At 11:08 pm, Wednesday September 21, the state of Georgia killed Troy Davis. Just before he was executed, Troy maintained his innocence, urged people to dig deeper into the case to find the truth, and said "For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls,...

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Will Arkansas Officials Support Black Student Achievement?

(10) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 6:05 PM

Earlier this month, we delivered more than 130,000 petition signatures -- the product of tremendous activism on the part of the and communities -- to local school officials in support of recent high school graduate Kymberly Wimberly. has followed up with hundreds...

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Innocent, But Forced to Confess -- To Murder

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 10:42 PM

In October 1992, five Black teenagers (known as the Dixmoor Five) were arrested in Cook County, IL for the brutal sexual assault and murder of 14-year-old Cateresa Matthews. Two-and-a-half years later, five other Black teenagers from Cook County (known as the Englewood Five) were arrested for the sexual assault and...

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