When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act in 2015, it sent a clear message: If you want to get your rights restored, you can do so through the courts.
The court’s ruling also opened the door for churches to offer “Christian” clothing and other goods to people of color, who have historically struggled to buy clothes in predominantly white neighborhoods.
In a statement, the Christian clothing industry praised the court’s decision.
But in some cases, those efforts are not working.
“We are thrilled that the Supreme Court has recognized our core values and principles of inclusion, respect, and diversity,” said the American Apparel & Shirt Association, the largest Christian apparel company.
“But we are not at peace with the outcome.
We are disappointed that the court allowed a narrow reading of the law that does not provide equal protection for all.”
As part of its effort to change the conversation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is partnering with Christian brands and clothing companies to create a coalition to “rebuild the faith of black Christians.”
This week, the ACLU and the Christian Clothing Coalition, a nonprofit that represents many Christian apparel companies, announced plans to unveil a campaign that includes new campaign slogans, the “We Are Christians” movement, and a video.
In the video, which will be released on Monday, the groups will argue that the fight for racial equality in America isn’t a fight over clothes.
“Christian clothing is an inclusive way for us to affirm the gospel,” the coalition’s executive director, Mary Beth Crouse, said in a statement.
“Inclusivity means that we want to be seen as authentic Christians.
We want to show that we are open to all people of faith, no matter who they are.”
The new campaign will highlight some of the ways Christian clothing brands are creating a more inclusive environment.
The group is partnering up with retailers such as the popular clothing brand, Ralph Lauren, and the retail giant Gap, as well as the non-profit Christian Clothing Council.
The coalition also will be launching a new social media campaign, “#WeAreBlack, that will highlight the many ways Christian brands are working to uplift black people and communities.”
The Christian Clothing Campaign, launched last year by the Christian Fashion Association, aims to address a number of social ills plaguing African American communities, including poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration.
The American Apples and the Ralph Lauren Christian Clothing Association are among the organizations participating in the coalition.
“I feel like we’ve got to start to think of ourselves as a bigger movement,” Crouse said.
“That’s why we’re putting a little effort into it, because we think it’s important.”
The American Civil Rights Act is one of the first acts of the Trump administration to reverse major changes made by the previous administration, which began a war on immigrants and transgender people.
Last month, the Justice Department announced it was lifting the Obama-era ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which is also known as Title IX, from schools.
Since then, a number Christian organizations have been launching campaigns to show support for transgender people and to highlight how the Trump Administration’s stance on race and the LGBT community has impacted the lives of black Americans.
But the Christian apparel industry has not always been a part of these efforts.
“This is not about us saying, ‘We’re going to start buying your clothes,'” said Elizabeth Fournier, who heads up the group American Apparatus &.
“It’s about us doing it on our own.
It’s about the way we’ve been talking about our business.
It has been a real part of our lives.”
As a result, Fourniers said, “the Christian clothing companies that we have come to know have been hesitant to do business with us because they felt they were not going to be able to support their businesses.”
“This was a moment of real vulnerability for the Christian business,” she added.
“There’s a lot of people who are black and LGBT and we are really proud of that.”
The alliance said it plans to create more awareness for its efforts and continue to be an advocate for those who are out in the world.
“As a result of this Supreme Court ruling, we can no longer wait for the next Supreme Court decision,” Fournies said.
It is not the first time that Christian companies have sought to help those who don’t share their faith.
In 2015, a group of Christian clothing manufacturers sued the National Football League (NFL) after a judge ruled that the league could not use a religious symbol on the uniform of the New Orleans Saints because it did not respect the rights of minorities.
“When a company says that they’re going after your rights, it’s not really about the business,” Fauners said.
Instead, the lawsuit said, it was about the rights and liberties of those who didn’t