The New York City Human Rights Commission launched a new ad campaign entitled “While Black” to prevent racial discrimination.
Last year alone, the Commission received 584 complaints related to racial discrimination, a 20 percent increase since 2016.
The Commission’s campaign recognizes the fact that Black people are experiencing discrimination, intimidation, and harassment every day. It serves as a warning that the city will not tolerate racism.
Additionally, the campaign provides New Yorkers information on how to identify discrimination and report it to the Commission. Most importantly, it affirms that Black people have the rights to live their life free of bias.
In a statement, Carmelyn P. Malalis, Commissioner and Chair of the NYC Commission on Human Rights, said, “In New York City and the nation as a whole, there is a long and painful history of discrimination against Black people, and efforts to limit their rights and activities. This campaign references the deep connections between the fight against anti-Black racism and the fight for human rights.”
“Human rights is the foundation for democracy and justice”
On the other hand, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phillip Thompson, commented, “Human rights recognizes the dignity and equality of all people, it is the foundation for democracy and justice. Meaningful and poignant black activism in our city and nation has understood the ever-relevant concept of human rights, especially in difficult political times.”