“Democrats will promote racial justice through fair, just, and equitable governing of all public-serving institutions and in the formation of public policy... We will push for a societal transformation to make it clear that black lives matter and that there is no place for racism in our country.”
-Democratic Party Platform
For decades, Democrats have stood with the African American community in the struggle for equality and the enduring struggle to perfect our nation itself.
Common values and concerns such as family, jobs, and education unite Democrats everywhere. President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Democrats in Congress and across the country continue to work tirelessly to advance the issues that matter most to African Americans, from civil rights to economic opportunity.
Every sector of our economy was shaken by the economic crisis, and every demographic group felt its impact. But the economic crisis has had an especially brutal impact on minority communities — communities that were already struggling long before the financial crisis hit.
Democrats have laid a new foundation for long-term economic growth that helps every American, not just those at the top. We are working to save jobs, create new jobs and new opportunities for small businesses, reinvest in our schools, close the educational achievement gap, make college more affordable, and expand opportunities for African Americans and for all Americans.
Democrats are committed to ending the epidemic of senseless gun violence in our communities and reforming the broken criminal justice system that tears families apart. We are fighting against environmental injustices that have allowed low-income children to be exposed to lead and African American children to suffer asthma at twice the rate of white children. We are fighting voting restrictions as Republican legislatures around the country enact laws to keep minority voices away from the ballot box.
Democrats are proud to stand and declare that Black Lives Matter.