Project 21: Press Releases

Black Activists Praise Justice Department for Fixing Yale’s Fail

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“Academic Achievement Should Be Rewarded Without Racial Contingencies” Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network praised the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for confronting Yale University over its discriminatory admissions practices. DOJ threatened the Ivy League institution with a civil rights lawsuit after a federal investigation revealed prejudice against Asian-American and white applicants. “For so long, complaints against racial preferences in admissions fell on deaf ears because the complaints came from white students. The justification was that current discrimination in favor of blacks is necessary recompense for historical discrimination against blacks," said Project 21 member Derryck ...
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Black Activists Call for Bias Investigation at ESPN

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Report That Host Sage Steele Wasn't "Black Enough" for Documentary Raises Concerns About Sports Network's Agenda Washington, D.C. - Veteran ESPN host Sage Steele was reportedly excluded from a network documentary on race and sports because - despite being biracial - her political and social views were not considered by colleagues to be racially authentic. The Project 21 black leadership network called upon the Walt Disney Company to conduct a thorough and public review of political and racial biases at ESPN to determine what remedies are needed to end prejudices at the sports network. "ESPN owes Sage Steele a huge ...
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School Choice Victory at Supreme Court Will “Advance Black Lives”

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Discriminatory Blaine Amendments Denied Educational Opportunities to Families in Need Washington, D.C. – Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Montana's discriminatory "Blaine Amendment" was cheered by members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who called it a major win for poor and minority parents who have been forced into failing public schools based solely upon where they live. In many states throughout the country, school choice opponents have utilized Blaine Amendments to prevent parents from accessing government assistance when choosing private schools with faith-based backgrounds for their children. "The justices in the majority tore down a monument to intolerance ...
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Black Lives Don’t Seem to Matter to Liberal Supreme Court Justices

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Project 21 and Justice Clarence Thomas Reject SCOTUS Abortion Decision Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemned today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Noting that black women are disproportionately at risk of unnecessary harm during abortion procedures, Project 21 had appealed to the justices through a legal brief that argued against throwing out “a substantial medical benefit that justifies any minimal burden” and thus allowing abortionists to escape oversight and safety requirements. “It’s a sad day when the Supreme Court rules ...
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Black Activists Applaud White House Outreach to End Chicago Violence

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Project 21 to Mayor Lightfoot, Governor Pritzker: “It’s Time to Take ‘Yes’ for an Answer” Washington, D.C. - Activists with the Project 21 black leadership network applauded President Donald Trump’s efforts to reach out to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to help end the violence in the Windy City. "I commend the president for reaching out to the leaders of Chicago and Illinois. The wanton violence in Chicago has gone on for too long, and Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot must not continue sitting by idly,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “It's time to take ...
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Black Activists Ask Kennedy Center to Rescind Tina Fey’s Comedy Prize

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After Fey’s Blackface Apology, Project 21 Challenges Taxpayer-Funded Institution to Hold Fey to Her Own Standard Washington, D.C. – The Project 21 black leadership network requested that the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts rescind the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor that it awarded to Tina Fey, in light of the use of blackface on her television show and her recent request to remove that content from circulation. “We are not trying to cancel Tina Fey. Tina Fey cancelled herself when she asked Hulu to purge offensive episodes of ‘30 Rock,’ calling the fruits of her creativity ...
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Juneteenth Observances Should Focus on Opportunity, Not Fear and Anger

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"Society wants us to succeed, but it's up to us to want to succeed" Washington, D.C. - In advance of "Juneteenth," the oldest and most recognized commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, members of the Project 21 black leadership network urged black Americans to avoid pitfalls of negativity and to embrace the opportunities that America has to offer. "Our takeaway from the death of George Floyd should be that America came together as one to denounce what happened and speak out against racial injustice. This blessing is our chance to take full advantage of the opportunities ...
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Disney Criticized for Pulling Advertising From “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Over Black Lives Matter Discussions

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"Black Communities Do Not Benefit If Only One Narrow Narrative Is Permitted in Public Discourse," Said Carlson Guest Horace Cooper Washington, D.C. – After Disney publicly declared its intention to stop advertising on the Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" in response to discussions related to Black Lives Matter and Antifa, its decision was criticized by recent Carlson guest Horace Cooper and representatives of the Free Enterprise Project (FEP) - which frequently challenges Disney policies. Disney pulled its advertising in response to Carlson opining that Americans are not "required" to be upset by the death of George Floyd, that the ...
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Black Activists Criticize NFL for Surrendering to Players’ Woke Demands

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Potential Return of Kneeling for Flag and Anthem “Not Justified” Washington, D.C. – Activists with the Project 21 black leadership network condemned National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell for submitting to player demands that would allow the tragic death of George Floyd to be used to politicize professional sports. “No, Roger Goodell, disrespecting the flag is not justified,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “Too many Americans - black, white and brown - have given their lives fighting for our nation’s flag. Neither the NFL nor any organization should let protests or riots be an excuse to encourage this ...
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Black Activists Condemn Nationwide Rioting

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“The Left is ‘Fighting For’ Blacks While Also Demolishing Our Neighborhoods and Ruining Our Lives” Washington, D.C. – Saying people need to “stop rationalizing and excusing criminal activity,” members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemned the politically motivated riots that have erupted across America, and applaud the possibility of Antifa being designated a domestic terrorist organization. Project 21 was founded 28 years ago in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots to highlight black Americans willing to speak out for law and order and to show the political diversity of the black community. On the five-year anniversary ...
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New York Times Chooses Controversy Over Truth in Promoting Revisionist History

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1619 Project, Debunked by Historians for Calling American Independence a Conspiracy to Protect Slavery, Continues to Be Marketed to Schoolchildren The Times Is No Longer “a Newspaper of Record,” Says Black Activist, Calling It Instead “a Vicious Caricature of Its Once Respectable Self” Washington, D.C. – Instead of renouncing the debunked 1619 Project, New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger today patted himself on the back for sparking debate with a revisionist history that has been distributed to schools nationwide. During the annual New York Times shareholder meeting, the first one ever to be held virtually, Christopher Arps, a member of ...
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Black Activists Cheer Trump Administration for Easing Fuel Efficiency Mandate

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“Realistic CAFE Goals… Don’t Force American Families to Choose Between Putting Food on the Table and Having a Modern Vehicle” Washington, D.C. – A recalibrated fuel efficiency standard for American cars and light trucks is being praised by black activists for its potential to improve safety and reduce regulatory burden while still being mindful of the well-being of both the environment and the economy. “American households have a great friend in the Trump Administration. Now, when families make one of their biggest expenditures, they will no longer be faced with excessive prices simply to have the safety they want for ...
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Supreme Court Demands Proof of Clear Racial Discrimination

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Black Conservatives Praise Justices for Rejecting “Race Card” Allegations to Root Out Real Bias Washington, D.C. - Allegations of racial discrimination in contracting must prove that bias is the sole reason for a minority company losing a deal, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday. This decision frees up plaintiffs and courts to focus on true instances of discrimination, according to members of the Project 21 black leadership network. “With this decision, the justices unanimously ruled that Americans must show that ‘race was the determining factor behind their claim’ of discrimination and not just merely one of several factors,” said Project ...
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NEPA Reform Can Create Equality and Opportunity for Black America, Say Black Leaders

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Washington, D.C. - Calling it “regulatory reform that enhances black empowerment,” the co-chairmen of the Project 21 black leadership network submitted public comments supporting the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to reform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In their comment, the Project 21 co-chairmen – Horace Cooper, Council Nedd II and Stacy Washington – wrote: “Commonsense NEPA reform, with a mindful balance of environmental protection and economic growth, is key to a more productive America that helps all of its citizens.” NEPA is a 50-year-old federal regulation subjecting major construction projects and land management decisions to layers of permitting and ...
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Protect Women Instead of Abortionists, Say Black Activists

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Project 21 Backs Louisiana Law Under Supreme Court Scrutiny Washington, D.C. - The Project 21 black leadership network is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, noting that black women are at risk of unnecessary and disproportionate harm during abortion procedures. Project 21 signed onto a amici curiae (“friends of the court”) legal brief in the case of June Medical Services v. Gee, which will be argued on March 4. The brief, representing black conservative and pro-life organizations, asked the justices to uphold the lower court ruling ...
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State of the Union Indicates “Exponentially Brighter” Future for Black Americans

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Project 21 Condemns “Hatred and Shallowness” on Display by Presidential Critics Washington, D.C. - Responding to the upbeat message in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, members of the Project 21 black leadership network commend the progress that black Americans have made in recent years due to lower taxes, less regulation and policies that “put America first.” “Tonight, the President strode into the last State of the Union Address of his first term with polls showing race relations at an all-time high, unemployment across all metrics at all-time lows, and a booming economy. He recently signed a new trade agreement ...
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Black Activists Push for School Choice at Supreme Court

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Project 21 Decries Blaine Amendments as Bigoted for Denying Families Best Educational Options Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today about whether parents should be empowered with the ability to use government-assisted scholarships to enroll their children in religious schools. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network have joined a legal brief advising the justices that current laws blocking parents from doing so prevent them from making the best choices for their children’s education. The case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue focuses on “Blaine Amendments” that are found in 37 state constitutions nationwide ...
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MLK’s Mission Praised by Black Conservatives

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Left-Wing Activists Criticized for Misinterpreting Teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Washington, D.C. - In observance of the upcoming holiday devoted to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., members of the Project 21 black leadership network are available for interviews regarding Dr. King, how his teachings have shaped the nation and how people have acted – positively and negatively - in his name. “Dr. King’s embodiment of bravery, courage and unity remains a call to action in our neighborhoods and communities. We must continue to reference his life as a catalyst for racial harmony and ...
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Covington Student’s Legal Victory Against CNN Hailed by Black Activists

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Project 21 Applauds Nick Sandmann's Decision to "Stand Up to Leftist Bullies and Fight Back" Washington, D.C. – The legal victory of Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann over CNN for false reporting is being hailed by members of the Project 21 black leadership network. Sandmann sued CNN and other media organizations for defamation, claiming they had perpetuated false allegations about his encounter with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial last January. Project 21 members were early supporters of Sandmann and his fellow students as they sought to clear their names. "CNN's settlement of a defamation suit filed ...
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Black Activists Rebuke Comparision of Impeachment to Civil Rights Movement

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Partisan “Clarification” Called Disrespectful and Hypocritical Washington, D.C. - Pushing back on lawmakers who compare impeachment proceedings to the Civil Rights Movement and the fight against Jim Crow discrimination, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are calling liberals’ rhetorical tactics - particularly ones by U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries - both incorrect and hypocritical. “This has to be - without question - one of the most incorrect comparisons I have ever heard,” said Project 21 member Martin Baker. “How dare Representative Jeffries weaponize the collective struggles of suffragettes and the Civil Rights Movement by comparing them to an impeachment ...
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