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Individual rights are not subject to a public vote. A majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority. The political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities, and the smallest minority on earth is the individual.

— Ayn Rand

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The majority in a democracy has no more right to tyrannize over a minority than, under a different system, the latter would to oppress the former.

Theodore Roosevelt

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

— Ayn Rand

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If a country doesn't recognize minority rights and human rights, including women's rights, you will not have the kind of stability and prosperity that is possible.

— Hillary Clinton

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A government is free in proportion to the rights it guarantees to the minority.

— Alf Landon

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Four Tops Singer Sues Michigan Hospital for Racial Discrimination, Says They didn’t Believe his Identity

By Sara Powers June 12, 2024  The lead singer of Motown’s legendary Four Tops has sued a Michigan hospital for racial discrimination, claiming that he was treated like he was mentally…
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Activist Opal Lee Recalls the History of Juneteenth

June 13, 2024 Opal Lee is an activist who advocated for Juneteenth to become a federal holiday. Lee later gained the title as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth”. NBC News’ Zinhle…
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Fact Sheet

  • While people of color make up 30% of the United States' population, they account for 60% of those imprisoned.
    American Progress
  • Black men have a greater than 1 in 4 chance of going to prison in their lifetime.
    Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Black households in America have only 10 cents in wealth for every dollar held by white households.
    Pew Research
  • Americans with Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander roots suffer from much higher rates of poverty than the Asian American population overall does, as well as lower levels of educational attainment.
  • In New York City, 88% of police stops in 2018 involved Black and Latinx people, while 10% involved white people. Of those stops, 70% were completely innocent.
  • In the U.S., Black workers are less likely than white workers to be employed in a job that is consistent with their level of education.

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Promoting and protecting their identity prevents forced assimilation and the loss of cultures, religions and languages—the basis of the richness of the world and therefore part of its heritage. Non-assimilation requires diversity and plural identities to be not only tolerated but protected and respected.  Minority rights are about ensuring respect for distinctive identities while ensuring that any differential treatment towards groups or persons belonging to such groups does not mask discriminatory practices and policies. 

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Mechanisms are required to ensure that the diversity of society with regard to minority groups is reflected in public institutions, such as national parliaments, the civil service sector, including the police and the judiciary, and that persons belonging to minorities are adequately represented, consulted and have a voice in decisions which affect them or the territories and regions in which they live.

 By encouraging mutual respect and understanding, the different groups that comprise a society should be able to engage and cooperate with one another, while preserving their own identity. The basic elements required for the realisation of this goal are to promote knowledge of minorities’ culture, history, language and religion in an intercultural perspective. In other words, the protection of minority rights can promote an inclusive, peaceful and cohesive society, with respect for diversity.

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Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video

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Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

Where to Watch: Netflix

More than six months after Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson, the youth-led protests in Ferguson continue to fuel a national movement against police brutality.

After the Department of Justice released a blistering report finding systematic racism and prejudice in the Ferguson Police Department, protests continued, the police chief and several Ferguson officials resigned, and two police officers were injured in a shooting.

Where to Watch: YouTube

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