Project 21: Press Releases

Black Activists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Protection of Religious Freedom

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Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network praised a landmark win for religious freedom and free speech, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a school district wrongly fired a high school football coach who prayed at the conclusion of a game. “This decision marks a return to America’s true history, and its foundation based on the values and the principles of God,” said Project 21 member Reverend David Lowery, Jr. In the case of Joseph A. Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, Coach Kennedy, a high school football coach, was fired because he prayed at ...
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A Ruling at Last

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On June 8, a 26-year-old man was arrested outside of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home armed with a gun, a knife, zip ties and tools that would help him break into a home. The man, now being charged with the attempted murder of a federal judge after allegedly travelling all the way from California, stated that he believed the murder might “give his life purpose” – an apparent reference to the Court’s decision, joined by Kavanaugh, in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization. Although shocking in many respects, an intercepted attack like this shouldn’t be particularly surprising ...
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Black Activists Applaud Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision

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Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are cheering the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling sending abortion policy back to individual states. "An unborn child now has a fighting chance at life. This is a great day of joy -- especially for us in the black community, as abortion is the number-one killer of black Americans," said Project 21 member Steven Mosley. "As stated in the Declaration of Independence, we have the right to life. Today, those words ring truer for the unborn." In the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the justices voted 6-3 ...
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Juneteenth Must Not Replace Independence Day

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Black Activists Oppose Radical Left Effort to Subvert American History Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network, longtime supporters of traditional Juneteenth celebrations, criticized efforts by radical racialists seeking to supplant Juneteenth as an alternative to Independence Day. "Juneteenth is a holiday that should be celebrated by all Americans as a testament to our nation's creed that all men were created equal,” said Project 21 member AK Kamara. “But let us also remember that Juneteenth is not, as the left would suggest, a replacement for the commemoration of the founding of this great nation – Independence ...
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Black Activists Call For Inclusive Juneteenth

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It's "Absurd" to Not Welcome All Races to Celebrate, Learn About Black Culture Washington, D.C. - With Juneteenth now recognized as a federal holiday, members of the Project 21 black leadership network urge Americans of all ethnic backgrounds to learn more about the historic foundations and constructive goals of this longstanding tradition that was thrust into the public consciousness last year amidst racial and political turmoil. "Earlier this week, I voted in the South Carolina primary election, where my name was on the ballot for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Were it not for the emancipation of ...
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Juneteenth: Celebration, Observance or Day Off?

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Washington, D.C. - The second federally-observed Juneteenth holiday once again falls on a weekend, which means the federal government, banks and other institutions are observing Juneteenth 2022 on the following Monday. A paid day off. No mail service. Libraries closed. No parking enforcement. And not on the official day of Juneteenth. Is this what the freed slaves of Galveston, Texas envisioned when they began commemorating Juneteenth? Members of the Project 21 black leadership network have observed and discussed Juneteenth for the past 23 years. They are sharing their insight on the proper ways to commemorate Juneteenth as a national holiday. "There are those who would use Juneteenth to tell me that ...
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Black Conservative Denied Entry to American Express Shareholder Meeting

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Washington, D.C. – A member of the Project 21 black leadership network was denied entry to the American Express annual shareholder meeting in New York today despite presenting proper credentials. Derrick Hollie intended to question the credit giant about its sizable investment in “Diversity & Inclusion” policies that sacrifice merit in order to discriminate based on surface characteristics such as skin color. “From the beginning, the tone of investor relations was to not let me in,” Hollie said after the incident, which drew attention from other attendees. “They knew what we were there for.” Hollie was attending the meeting on ...
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Black Activists Hope Supreme Court Abortion Rumor Holds True

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While Leaked Opinions Set Poor Precedent, Possible Ruling Applauded Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network expressed cautious optimism regarding a leaked document indicating that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade and return the issue of abortion back to the states. They also criticized apparent political motivations behind the leak. “Along with the rest of America, I am waiting for verification and confirmation that this is the justices’ true decision,” said Project 21 member and pro-life leader Day Gardner. “However, I was immediately overcome with tears of joy -- giving praise and glory ...
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Black Americans Throw a Flag on NFL’s Discriminatory Diversity Mandates

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Project 21 Members Say Expanded Rooney Rule Overlooks Talent to Satisfy Woke Demands Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network called new National Football League (NFL) hiring mandates “cruel” and “discriminatory,” and criticized league management for caving to “woke” pressures for equity that will harm the sport and – ultimately – those who are hired to these set-aside positions. “NFL diversity mandates normalize discrimination. Equity is selectively enforced,” said Donna Jackson, Project 21’s director of membership development. “Black Americans make up 12.4 percent of the population while approximately 70 percent of NFL players are black. In ...
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Climate Regulations Create Environmental Injustice

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Black Activists Condemn Costs of Biden Agenda Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network called President Biden’s energy agenda an environmental injustice, noting that poor and minority Americans will be hurt the most by policies that restrict access to affordable energy. “Energy injustice on the part of the Biden Administration is driving energy poverty by keeping individuals and families from being able to afford basic heating, electric and gasoline needs,” said Project 21 member Derrick Hollie. “Green policies have a negative financial impact on vulnerable populations including low-income, minority, rural and senior citizen communities.” Having previously ...
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After Painful State of the Union Address, Black Activists Say Biden Has Failed America

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Washington, D.C. – In response to President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union address, members of the Project 21 black leadership network said the president has earned his near-record-low approval ratings by championing unapologetically left-wing policies which have contributed to skyrocketing inflation, supply chain woes, unchecked foreign aggression and the scars of COVID lockdowns. “Confidence in Joe Biden’s America does not exist. As an Air Force veteran, I am so very embarrassed. Biden’s military is weak,” said Project 21 member Tiffanie Ditlevson. “And the added ‘Biden Buck’ on a gallon of gas – like Dollar Tree – crept up to ...
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“Historic” Supreme Court Nomination Tainted By Racial Politics

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Judge Jackson’s Experience “Overshadowed” By Biden’s Race and Gender Prerequisites, Say Black Activists Washington, D.C. – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination will be forever stigmatized by the fact the her race and gender were her most important credentials, say members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who added that the nomination of the first black woman to the Court would have been more historic if it had been based on her experience, wisdom and character. “Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination to the Supreme Court,” said Project 21 member Melanie Collette. “Unfortunately, Judge Jackson’s ...
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Critical Race Theory Explained and Opposed By Black Americans

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Primer Reveals How CRT’s Racist Agenda Is Dividing America Washington, D.C. - Critical Race Theory (CRT) is "a bad idea for America [and] especially hurtful for black Americans," said members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who have released a new primer that both defines CRT and offers unifying alternatives. The primer, entitled "What Critical Race Theory Means for Black America," is unique in that it offers insight into what black Americans think about the issue, why they oppose CRT and what they believe would better unite Americans and promote prosperity in black communities. "Critical Race Theory is like cancer, ...
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Biden Jobs Report Disappoints Black Americans

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“With Their Broad Mandates That Fail to Allow Businesses and Entrepreneurs to Create Jobs, Biden and Harris Are Great at Increasing Economic Instability” Washington, D.C. – The employment report issued today by the federal government disappointed black conservatives who see the nation’s rising unemployment rate and stagnant level of workforce participation as indicators of the Biden Administration failing to stabilize and grow the American economy. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network particularly criticized White House policies that result in high black unemployment, which remains well above average and twice the white unemployment rate. “There’s an old saying that ...
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Supreme Court “Now Has a Chance to Get It Right” Regarding Race Preferences in School Admissions

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Project 21's Black Conservatives Had Asked Justices to Reexamine Case Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases concerning racial preferences in higher education admissions. The Project 21 black leadership network joined a legal brief in one of those cases, asking the justices to reconsider a previous decision by the Court that allows discrimination in college and university admissions. "This is great news. Our Constitution is colorblind, and the 14th Amendment ensures that no American can be treated differently solely because of their race. This is true for college admissions as well," said Project 21 ...
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Critical Race Theory Hurts Martin Luther King’s Legacy

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Black Activists Say Politicization of Race Harms MLK’s Dream of Equality Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, members of the Project 21 black leadership network warn that the politicization of race through Critical Race Theory (CRT) threatens Dr. King’s legacy of peace and unity among all people. “Observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has given people an opportunity to remember and exemplify a great American leader who held to the principle that all men and women should be judged not by the color of their skin, but by their character,” ...
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Blacks Robbed of Dignity When Biden Policies Discourage Jobs

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Project 21 Blasts Report Showing Rising Black Unemployment Washington, D.C. – Black unemployment increased in December, prompting members of the Project 21 black leadership network to question the economic competency of the Biden Administration. “The latest jobs report doesn’t say low job growth is a problem; it says too many people have stopped looking for work,” said Project 21 member Michael Austin. “In an economic address, Joe Biden said ‘a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about your dignity.’ I wholeheartedly agree. That’s why we should take the latest jobs report as a sign to reject ...
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Black Activists Tell Supreme Court: Race Preferences Have “Disastrous Consequences”

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Project 21 Joins Legal Brief Asking Justices to Overturn Higher Education Admissions Ruling Washington, D.C. - The Project 21 black leadership network joined with six other organizations and one parent to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a previous decision that has resulted in racial discrimination in college and university admissions. In an amici curiae (“friends of the court”) legal brief asking the justices to accept the case of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina, et. al., Project 21 and the others pointed out that the Court’s 2003 decision in the case of Grutter v ...
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Black Activists Praise Verdict in Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

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"Let’s Stop Saying the Justice System Doesn’t Work for People of Color” Washington, D.C. – After a jury in Glynn County, Georgia ruled decisively against the three men involved in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, members of the Project 21 black leadership network commented on the verdict and its implications. "Let’s stop saying the justice system doesn’t work for people of color,” said Project 21 member Donna Jackson. “From the civil rights era through today, our justice system has expanded the rights of black and brown people. This verdict shows that both the Constitution and our justice system are colorblind ...
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Black Activists Respond to Rittenhouse Acquittal

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Rioters Repudiated, Second Amendment Safe, Say Project 21 Members Washington, D.C. – After a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin declared Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges against him, members of the Project 21 black leadership network commented on the verdict and its implications beyond Kenosha. In particular, Project 21 members called the jury’s decision a validation of the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the rights to keep and bear arms and to defend oneself. They are also calling for calm and respect for the decision. “I am pleased to see a just verdict was reached today. Clearly, this was an act ...
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