Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Publisher of Colorlines.com.
A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last 20 years, Rinku has positioned Race Forward as the movement's national home for media, research and activism. She has extensive practical experience on the ground, with expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy and community organizing. Over the course of her career, Rinku has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.
Rinku is the Vice Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and is a Boardmember of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She is the Chair of the Media Consortium and sits on the boards for Restaurant Opportunities Center-United and Working America. Additionally, she is a Prime Movers fellow through the Hunt Alternatives Fund.
Rinku is a highly sought-after speaker on a broad range of racial justice topics. She is the author of The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization and Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing. Rinku has regular columns at Colorlines, the Huffington Post, and Jack and Jill Politics. Additionally, her commentary and work has been featured in Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, Market Watch, International Business Times, TomPaine.com, AlterNet, Racialicious, The Root, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and the Windy City Times, among other media outlets.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. teaches us that leading with love is a decision rather than a naturally occurring phenomenon. In this hostile political moment, commit to practicing a love that makes room for anger but not for contempt.
For the past 10 years, the concept of implicit bias—the race prejudice we hold in our unconscious minds—has been a key concept in our racial justice strategy and programs. In this Trumpian age of in-your-face racism, we’re reconsidering how we use this tool.
Conventional wisdom in liberal electoral politics is that you have to lock down White swing voters to pass progressive policy. In his new book, ”Brown is the New White,” civil rights lawyer and politico Steve Phillips argues that organizing a younger, browner “new American majority” is the key.
Rinku Sen argues that boosting racial diversity in police departments isn’t enough to stop racist policing. The solution, she says, lies in confronting unconscious, hidden racial bias and taking a top-to-bottom look at how race affects policies and practices, regardless of who is carrying them out.
I’ve been honored to have this space to share racial and social justice movement trends, successes and lessons with Colorlines readers. I’m excited to introduce Terry Keleher, who will take over this column from here.