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Racial Equity

Letter to America: Achieving Racial Justice Is A Job For All Of Us

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.19.2016 | Education
Kati Haycock

The work of achieving the America we dream of should not be the work of one group or another but all of us who call this country home. And we the people -- Black, Brown, White -- must not rest until all can claim that dream. And bring it to powerful, just fruition.

What New Data Reveal About Gender and Race in a Creative Workforce

Lane Harwell | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
Lane Harwell

This entry was coauthored by Leah Krauss, Senior Program Officer for Dance and Special Projects, Mertz Gilmore Foundation If you have been following ...

Courts Are Failing Children on the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

When it comes to choosing between children who need schools that will prepare them for a successful future and help stabilize our country's economy or policies that benefit adults only and special interests, the choice is clear. We must choose Justice and Children every time!

I'm Not That White Teacher

Emily E. Smith | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Emily E. Smith

The state of the American school system cannot be changed by any one teacher at a time. Nor can institutional racism be changed by one flash of inspiration in singular classrooms.

How The Non-Indictment Against Darren Wilson Affected This White American

Karen Fleshman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Black Voices
Karen Fleshman

I realized on November 24th 2014 that I needed to change direction. Up until then, I had dedicated myself to helping People of Color change- to attain employment authorization, or become US citizens, or attain corporate careers. From that evening on, I shifted focus- to helping White people change

Nonprofits: Equity Must Begin Within

Paul Schmitz | Posted 08.27.2015 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

Equity recognizes that we don't all start at the same place. It recognizes that persistent disparities will not be solved without targeting certain opportunities and supports to individuals who start further behind or face additional barriers.

Beyond That Flag: A Southerner's Apology

John W. Bateman | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
John W. Bateman

Real change often demands those of us with a privilege or position of power to use that position to take responsibility. Keeping the peace by keeping silent often condones abuse. Silence is not always right.

Igniting a National Movement With Inclusive Competitiveness

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Whether addressed through stories of the candidate's humble origins or lofty ideals, their conversations are beginning to be about how to set the economic stage for greater prosperity for all of our citizens. This is a promising trend.

Baltimore, Race and the New Urban Practice

Ben Hecht | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Ben Hecht

Living Cities' staff and partners' thoughtful responses and reflections give me hope for what is possible when we are willing to grapple with our most wicked challenges together.

We Can't Stop Now

TNTP | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education

Today, we live in an America that has yet to live up to the constitutional rights granted to all of her citizens. What feels like a spate of young black men's deaths at the hands of police is only a relatively small -- and recent -- example of this. The fight for racial equality in this country continues. Teachers -- as they always have -- stand on the front lines.

Racial Healing, Scandal and Popular Culture

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 05.15.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

In the past two years, some of our nation's most influential movies and television shows have dealt with racism and bias. This has all been accompanied by a drumbeat crescendo of news and analysis that goes beyond specific incidents to examine the roots of these issues and the trends that reinforce them.

Urban Renaissance or Cities of the One Percent?

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.04.2015 | San Francisco
Angela Glover Blackwell

More than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in metropolitan areas and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years. If we don't act now to build inclusive growth at scale in urban economies, we're heading towards an urban downfall, not an urban renaissance.

Can We Bend the Sharing Economy Toward Equity?

Sarah Treuhaft | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Sarah Treuhaft

We've all heard the stories. Homeless Homejoy cleaners. Uber drivers on food stamps. Grad students Airbnb-ing their extra rooms in gentrifying neighborhoods to cover their own rent.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Disaggregating Data to Address the Racial Divide in Education

Ben Hecht | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Changing complex education systems is no easy feat. It requires patience, humility, and a willingness to honestly and openly acknowledge "what is" in order to work towards "what could be."

Nursing Moms Need Our Support Every Day

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Christopher

We know that most mothers want to breastfeed their babies and that more than 75 percent start breastfeeding. But most women face barriers in hospitals where they give birth, at work when they return, at home with their families or friends, and in public.

A Push to Support Boys and Young Men of Color

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 05.07.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

With the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, President Obama is leveraging the power and influence of his presidency to address barriers to success facing boys and young men of color. It is a vital step in the continuous journey to help America heal from the legacy that limited opportunities for centuries.

My Brother's Keeper: Better With Secret Sauce

Laura Barrett | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Many applauded when President Obama announced his new initiative, My Brother's Keeper. According to the White House: "By the time they hit fourth gr...

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Arc of Time

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

As we marked the 150th anniversary on November 19 of this powerful speech, the same struggle continues today in communities from coast to coast -- the fight for freedom and equality is far from over.

Racism and the Bible

Robert L. Briggs | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Robert L. Briggs

Biblical truth asserts the value of all people and leaves no room for racism, making the Bible's marching orders to Christians in America clear: get serious about healing the wounds of racism.

Freedom in Black America? A Double-Edged Sword

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.25.2013 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Being free would mean that we wouldn't have to discuss the question "Are Blacks Free in 2013?" The lens through which I view the double-edged sword shows that there is much more work that needs to be done to see freedom become a true reality.

The Conversation We're Not Having When We Talk About Affirmative Action

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Dr. Gail Christopher

Our ability to compete in the global economy demands that we prepare students from every background for success in college and careers. Our nation's long struggle for equality demands that our campuses come to look more like our communities.

Making Mother's Day Special for All Expecting Mothers

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 07.11.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Christopher

For most mothers, many of the determining health factors are in play long before the pregnancy. Diet throughout life and the stress level throughout life have a strong bearing on whether the mother has a healthy pregnancy. This is why it's so critical that we have healthy communities.

Should Your Zip Code Determine How Long You Live?

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Christopher

Here in the United States, a zip code can tell us a lot about how well and how long you'll live. So can census tracts. Most people are stunned to hear the differences.

At the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation, Has the Race Myth Been Put to Rest?

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 03.13.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

This is not just about -- or even mostly about -- overt racists who explicitly see people of color as something less than human. Such people are still out there, of course. But the belief in racial hierarchy also persists in much more subtle ways.

Minneapolis Acts on Employment Equity

Sarah Treuhaft | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Sarah Treuhaft

Minneapolis recently became the first city in the nation to adopt a resolution promoting racial equity in employment.