Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children's Defense Fund.
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Often there is no fair start
America, we believe, is a land where everyone gets a fair start and then rises or falls according to his or her own talent and industry. But if you’re poor, if you’re uneducated, if you’re black, if you’re Hispanic, if you’re a woman, there often is no fair start.
The education inequality struggle
2015 was a hard year for poor children and children of color in a gridlocked and cantankerous Congress.
The scars left on college campuses
Our American University system has blood on its hands that it is just coming to terms with. How will the country proceed in recognizing the number of black slaves killed and injured to build its liberal education system?
Turing back the clock on voting rights
Many of the new laws making it more difficult to vote appear to be cynical attempts to blunt the political power of rapidly growing populations of people of color as our nation confronts the changing reality of who is a “minority” and who is a “majority.”
When a school textbook distorts slavery
Who is writing and influencing the history our children are taught? Should a few education officials in Texas or any state drive decisions about what all of our children learn or sugarcoat the truth?
Every state can make progress
The progress made on reducing the number of uninsured people should inspire us to keep going until every child and adult has needed health coverage.
God did not make two classes of people
Justice cannot breathe when black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people—all of them.
Honoring our dream of equality for all
Until the United States sees and cures its profoundly evil birth defects of slavery, Native American genocide, and the exclusion of all women and non-propertied men of all colors from our electoral process, these birth defects will continue to flare up in multiple guises to threaten our black community’s and everyone’s safety, our nation’s future, and render hollow our professed but still inadequate commitment to ensuring equality for all.
A predatory system of policing
‘Held captive” was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation. For more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn’t just a metaphor.
Why are so many girls in detention?
Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation’s detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it?