Racial inequality remains deeply embedded within U.S. social and economic structures, even as its forms and justifications are in flux. Additionally, although the U.S. has long been considered “a nation of immigrants,” the question of who those immigrants are and where they come from, has provided fertile ground for exclusionary and bigoted policies for over 200 years. The projection that the U.S. will no longer be a majority White country sometime in the mid-21st century, along with the government’s massive post-911 campaign of racial profiling, has reinvigorated White supremacist anxieties present in the U.S. since its founding.
A well-funded and organized constellation of organizations with direct ties to racist eugenics and White nationalism are now at the forefront of efforts to slow this demographic trend and further racial inequality. Its current manifestations—workplace abuses, the separation of families, and the further expansion of mass incarceration, among other things—have wide-reaching and adverse effects.
“I and [Center for Community Change] were deeply moved by the work that PRA did on welfare reform and the building anti-immigrant movement to develop concrete campaigns that brought those most directly impacted by public policy to the table to chart a different course. I have always appreciated the ethics of PRA–a commitment to making research and big picture analysis understandable by, and useful to, people organizing on the ground.”
PRA’s recent work on racial and immigrant justice has provided important context for and information on these trends, especially for activists on the ground. See some of our recent work in racial and immigrant justice below: