Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice
Learn to Fight Anti-Blackness
at Home and in your Community
In America, immigrant justice has always been inextricably linked to racial justice. From its beginnings, the founders of this country limited citizenship to “free white people.” In the 1960s, Black civil rights activists won protections based on race and national origin, inspiring Congress to open up immigration to people from all over the world. And today, Black and brown people are disproportionately targeted by police and by deportation forces, and Asian and Latinx people are seen as permanently foreign. Without racial justice, there cannot be justice in our immigrant communities.
Start Difficult Conversations
We are here today because Black people have stood up for their rights in every generation of this young nation’s history.
- Our updated Guide to Difficult Conversations helps address anti-Blackness within our communities and highlights the centuries of work that Black Americans have done to lay claim to basic citizenship, let alone justice for all.
- The film Just Mercy is a powerful way to start difficult conversations with your family and friends. The death penalty, like policing, has been used to control and destroy Black lives from the very founding of the country. Use our discussion guide with the film to spark change.
- Watch our 2015 film White People: A Documentary, and check out our talkback featuring Soraya Nadia McDonald, Wesley Lowery, Lucas Nydam, Megan Red-Shirt Shaw, and producer Jose Antonio Vargas on how the film holds up five years later, confronting white supremacy, and more. Use the new Discussion Guide to unpack topics like white privilege, reverse racism, and the changing face of America.
Why Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice
As an organization rooted in immigrant freedom, we know it is our responsibility to look at the world through a lens of racial equity. To learn more about the ways that Define American is helping change the narrative, you can:
Make sure to follow Black-led immigrant justice organizations like UndocuBlack Network, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), and Black Immigrant Collective to stay engaged with their work; and visit Movement for Black Lives for resources, events, and actions.
Support Define American’s Work
Your contribution provides practical and accessible resources about holding uncomfortable conversations that address common misconceptions about Black communities. Help us continue our work to change the narrative.