My Reply to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Survey
Equity and justice for African Americans must be a priority for the Governor's office to fulfill any promise to build back better. As an African American woman, lawyer, Marine veteran, and sexual assault survivor, I continue to suffer across all aspects of American life--because there has never been a focus on redress for harms caused to African Americans.
Whether it's intentional or overlooked, RACE and the unaddressed/unredressed harm to African Americans continues to be the majority issue which allows:
(a) employers to discriminate against African Americans in hiring,
(b) police and legal agencies to not prioritize prosecuting individuals and entities that commit crimes against African Americans,
(c) agencies, individuals, and businesses to disparately adversely respond or not award African Americans resources given to other similarly situated groups.
Lumping discrimination against African Americans in with other groups or issues (i.e. immigration, discrimination generally, unspecified) permits this very specific and prolific misconduct [i.e. race discrimination] to continue and to thrive in America; a large group of African Americans suffering are not recently arrived immigrants (some, such as my family, are descendants of slavery), and focusing on discrimination or bias generally has meant that agencies can choose to ignore harm caused to African Americans and still satisfy their mission by reporting that they are working on issues concerning bias impacting LGBTQ, elderly, or (Black) immigrants.
Please note: I have even experienced a disparate and adverse (or lack of) response when seeking assistance from my local state and federal government. I am actively engaged in a fight for the civil and human rights of African American descendants of U.S. slavery whose injuries continue to be unaddressed, unredressed, overlooked, and ignored.
Please build back better for ALL - African Americans included.
[Electronically Returned to Governor Cuomo’s office on August 5, 2020]