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Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19

COVID-19 is cutting a jarring and unequal path across the U.S. The disease is disproportionately killing people of color, particularly Black Americans, who have been dying at more than twice the rate of white people. The reason for these disparities is not biological but is the result […]

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Funding Racial Equity and Justice in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

Black people and other people of color are disproportionately harmed by COVID-19. Inside Philanthropy recently covered some early funding responses in support of people who are black, Hispanic, Indigenous, or Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI). The Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) and its founder and […]

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Coronavirus Compounds Inequality and Endangers Communities of Color

“Inequality is magnified in times of national hardship. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in communities of color, which have long endured inequalities across American economic, social, and civic systems. Persistent segregation has restricted tens of millions of people of color to some of the most densely […]

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Roundup: Six Good Reads that Have Racial Equity in Common

Thank you to the Dēmos blog for sharing resources to make sense of the student debt crisis, the administration’s Public Charge rule, the realities of our big-money political system, and more. Click here to read more.  

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Just Growth

The University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) illustrates how regions that are making progress on equity have stronger and more resilient economic growth. Learn what “just growth” means for building more racially just and sustainable communities.  Watch the short video here. 

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Racial Equality or Racial Equity? The Difference it Makes

Third in the blog series “What is Racial Equity?” by the Race Matters Institute Are you confused about the difference between equality and equity? You’re not alone! Let’s see if we can help clarify. This is not a word game – it matters deeply for how we […]

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Racial Equity Cannot Be Measured Without Disaggregating Data

Applying a racial equity lens to one’s work requires that data be “broken apart” by race. At the Race Matters Institute, one of the first questions we ask the organizations we work with is: Does your organization systematically disaggregate the data it uses by race? Let’s define […]

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What do We Mean When We Say Racial Equity?

During a staff meeting about the Institute’s work, one of my colleagues turned to me and said, “When we write about racial equity, we expect people to not only know what we are talking about but also to understand it.” I turned to her and said, “They […]

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Place Matters: Talking about Race, Place, History, and Today’s Communities

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at a staff retreat with a group of K-12 educators and staff who were grappling with how to talk about race and identity with faculty in their schools, especially with new teachers. A common theme that continued to arise was […]

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