The Case for Equity.
"Racial Equity is when outcomes are no longer predicted by race." - Forward Through Ferguson
By 2040, Blacks and Latinos/as will make up almost 40% of the United States population, and yet these populations face disproportionate racial and economic inequities, limiting social, economic, and cultural growth. Economic and racial disparities are built into urban communities through systems of policy, education, housing, etc., and these disparities propagate because of the barriers that have been built between the residents.
“Social disconnection in cities are in response to social injustices.” - Dr. Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer of Boston
The division between the Black and Latinx communities are amplified by stereotypes and the lack of limited understanding of the impact of systemic oppression on both cultures. If almost a mass majority of our population cannot financially sustain and socially accelerate in our economy, how can we expect to improve and grow as a nation?
Here's a sample of community-altering, racial disparities:
race/ethnicity + poverty
Among racial and ethnic groups, African Americans has the highest poverty rate at 27.4%. 42.3% of young Black children and 36.8% of young Latinx children (under age 6) live in poverty, compared to 14.3% of white children.
"If average Black family wealth continues to grow at the same pace it has over the past three decades, it would take Black families 228 years to amass the same amount of wealth White families have today. That’s just 17 years shorter than the 245-year span of slavery in this country. For the average Latino family, it would take 84 years to amass the same amount of wealth White families have today—that’s the year 2097."
race/ethnicity + incarceration
Blacks are incarcerated over five times the rate of whites (40 percent of the prison population) and Latinos/as are incarcerated at nearly two times the rate of whites (19 percent of the prison population).
race/ethnicity + higher education
Only 33% of African American and 23% of Latinx adults have at least a two-year college degree. The widely accepted prediction is that 65% of jobs by 2020 will require education beyond high school.
race/ethnicity + Medical Disparities
Black and Latinx patients are given less pain medication for equally painful injuries, potentially due to beliefs held professionals about physical differences between blacks and whites—thinking, for instance, that black people literally have thicker skin.