On September 10, Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law spoke at Ithaca College as part of the college’s annual Constitution Day lecture.
During her talk, Clarke discussed the rise of hate crimes in the U.S. in recent years, as well as how members of the college community can combat hateful language. She also highlighted the history of violence towards marginalized groups in America by talking about cases her organization is involved in.
The Lawyers’ Committee, based in Washington, D.C., aims to secure equal justice for all through law, particularly focusing on inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.
In 2017, American University student Taylor Dumpson was targeted for her race by the neo-Nazi website “The Daily Stormer” after being elected student government president. Dumpson subsequently filed a lawsuit, and was represented by Clarke. She won the case, and Dumpson was awarded more than $700,000.