Racial Justice

Extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to those who have historically been denied them

Racial bias and inequalities are obstacles to a just society

The authors of the Declaration of Independence outlined a bold vision for America: a nation in which all people would be free and equal.

They then, and we now, remain flawed, but still aspire to that broad, not yet achieved goal.

Though generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, employment, educational, and other spheres, the forced removal of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of those of African descent marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free.

From our public schools where students of color are too often confined to racially isolated, underfunded, and inferior programs to our criminal justice system that disproportionately targets and incarcerates people of color and criminalizes poverty, to the starkly segregated world of housing, the dream of equality remains elusive.

Through the courts, legislatures, and community activism, we strive to educate and empower the public on issues of race as it relates to criminal justice, economic justice, and inequality in education, and on affirmative action.


Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin: Good News!

In a 4-3 decision announced this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Circuit  decision holding that it is constitutional for the University of Texas's admissions program to consider race as one... Read More


ACLU Statement on Orlando Tragedy

NEW YORK — ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said the following in response to the Orlando tragedy: “The Orlando tragedy has shaken us all. At times like this, we must hold close to our core values. Only by... Read More

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Police Practices

Reflections on Lincoln High from a Morse Rival

I went to Morse High school, a rival of Lincoln High school, over 20 years ago. While I was at Morse, southeast San Diego was rife with gang violence and racial tensions. Keep in mind that this was just a few short... Read More

Racial Justice

ACLU on the Deadly Shooting in Charleston

 All of us at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties are sickened by the horrific killings in Charleston, S.C. late last night. Police just arrested the suspected white gunman, identified as 21-year-old... Read More

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Police Practices

Walter Scott Matters. #blacklivesmatter

 You've probably seen—or at least read about—the gut-wrenching video from South Carolina, in which a white police officer, Michael T. Slager, can be seen shooting an unarmed black man, Walter L. Scott, in the... Read More