The NAACP, the nation's foremost social justice organization, launched a campaign Thursday entitled #WeAreDoneDying, aimed at exposing the inequities embedded into the American healthcare system and the country at large.
From COVID-19 to running while "Black in America," the abuse faced by people of color, particularly African Americans is devastating, NAACP officials declared.
"With crumbling economic infrastructure, our community members face tough choices as access to food, good jobs and a quality education slips further away," said Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and chief executive officer. "These issues are compounded by the lack of strong leadership from the White House.”
“We will no longer stand idle as our people suffer discrimination, marginalization and are offered as disposable for poor decisions by this Administration,” Johnson said.
As the incidence of COVID-19 cases and deaths rise, many black communities are experiencing the worst outcomes. The civil rights group is also concerned about states which reopen non-essential businesses with little to no evidence that the country is ready.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the deep-seated racial disparity in America embedded in all aspects of life," added Leon W. Russell, chairman of the NAACP board of directors.
The #WeAreDoneDying” campaign is designed to create actionable steps for people to feel empowered by demanding action from their state's elected officials on issues such as healthcare, education, criminal justice, economic justice, and voting rights.
To learn how you can join and get involved, visit NAACP.org.