Changing the Narrative
North Carolina’s racially-biased narrative keeps millions of its citizens unaware of the dangerous reality of today’s criminal justice system for people of color.
A person’s experience with North Carolina’s criminal justice system will differ dramatically, depending on their race and socioeconomic status. What is commonplace for poorer communities and communities of color – harassment, racism, violence, and over-incarceration – can be practically unheard of in white and other privileged groups.
However, the issues of mass incarceration, institutionalized racism, and police shootings are steadily gaining greater prominence in public discourse. As a result, more and more people are showing a willingness to fully understand and engage with these issues on a deeper level. We see this moment as a particularly opportune time to engage with and educate citizens of all ages and backgrounds to shed light on problems, as well as the solutions, to North Carolina’s criminal justice problems.
Our goal is to confront North Carolina’s racially-biased narrative with the truth about what has and continues to happen to people of color in today’s justice system.
Voices of Justice Storytelling Initiative
Our staff organize and promote gatherings across North Carolina, bringing people from otherwise diverse backgrounds together for memorable, meaningful, free events. The program includes in-depth learning about one or more of North Carolina’s most pressing criminal justice problems, paired with personal stories from those whose lives have been directly impacted. Our goal is for attendees to come away with a greater factual understanding of the issues, as well as lasting, meaningful connections that stretch across backgrounds and experiences.
We believe the work of directly confronting North Carolina’s racially biased narrative with lasting changes to our built environment will increase public awareness and demand for criminal justice reform. We are partnering with the Equal Justice Initiative to erect historical markers, collect soil samples from lynching sites, and bring the replica memorials back to their home counties.