NWLC Responds to Appellate Court’s Block of Grants to Black Women

The following is a statement by Emily Martin, NWLC Chief Program Officer:

“Black women receive a tiny fraction of venture capital in the U.S., and as the dissent in this case noted, ‘are grossly underrepresented as business owners.’ Yet the 11th Circuit majority found that the Fearless Fund’s focus on uplifting Black women small business owners violates a federal law that was expressly designed to ensure the rights of Black people to fully participate in the national economy. The majority failed to explain—and cannot explain—how its holding is consistent with the text and purpose of that law. Right wing extremists, like Ed Blum, are attempting to weaponize core civil rights protections to exclude women of color from opportunity—but this case and this fight are far from over.”