Systemic Racism

Colorlines screenshot of Michigan Civil Rights commission report, taken on February 20, 2017.

Flint Water Crisis A Result of Systemic Racism and History of Segregation

A new report tracks what led to the disaster—and how to prevent it from happening again. 

A young Black woman in a black t-shirt chants during a Eric Garner march

In a Remarkably Crude Election Cycle, the Nuanced Term 'Systemic Racism' Blew Up

Once a marginal-to-the-mainstream term, “systemic racism” suddenly became a thing in the 2016 election.

These Members of Congress Say They Will Confront Racial Inequality in America

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman: “We are in a war of classism and racism and sexism, and if we don’t come to that reality now—and stand up against it now—we will lose this opportunity.”

Colorlines Gets a Makeover!

Long before mainstream media started focusing on race, Colorlines was doing breaking news, investigations, profiles, culture reporting, graphics, essays, comics, videos and even playlists through a multiracial and systemic lens. Today, we’re thrilled to present a brighter, cleaner, fresher place for our work.