Racial Equity

This site defines racial equity as “the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. When we use the term, we are thinking about racial equity as one part of racial justice, and thus we also include work to address root causes of inequities, not just their manifestation. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them.”


To start to pivot, one might imagine what a racially equitable world would look like – what kinds of laws and policies would be in place? How would people relate to each other differently? What are new stories and impressions that could be discussed by mass media or reinforced through popular culture?


Conceptual information about racial equity is included in this section alo [...]

Racial Justice and Liberation

Title
Author
Organization
3 Liberatory Principles for Emerging Freedom Fighters
Key Jackson
Colorlines
Black Futures Month
The Movement for Black Lives
The Reverb
Adiel Suarez-Murias, Lola Ibrahim, et al.
Resonance Network
“Black Women Need to Unlearn the Pattern of Martyrdom”: Activist Adrienne Maree Brown Discusses How to Make Revolution Irresistible and What Black Liberation Looks Like for Black Women
Christina M. Tapper
ZORA; Medium.com
“We Deserve a Country That Values All of Our Lives”: Highlander Director Talks COVID, BLM and Racism in America
Taylor Sisk
Appalachia
Agenda to Build Black Futures
Charlene Carruthers, Janaé Bonsu, et al.
BYP100
Centering Blackness: The Path to Economic Liberation for All
Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin
Meshell Ndegeocello, Charlotte Brathwaite, et al.
Bismillah, LLC; Fisher Center at Bard; CAP UCLA; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; True Colors; Festival de Marseille
Critical Liberation Theory
Barbara J. Love, Keri DeJong, Christopher Hughbanks
NCORE
Let’s Go Broke for Black Freedom
LaShawn Routé Chatmon
National Equity Project; Medium.com
What We Must Do: On Ensuring Black Freedom
Nat Chioke Williams
Medium.com
An Evolutionary Roadmap for Belonging and Co-Liberation
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Othering & Belonging: Expanding the Circle of Human Concern
An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi with Mia Birdsong
TEDWomen 2016
Black Freedom Beyond Borders: A Wakanda Immigration Anthology
Aisha Shillingford, Calvin Williams, Rufaro Gwarada, Terry Marshall, et al.
Wakanda Dream Lab; Movement Strategy Center (MSC); Power California; Intelligent Mischief
What Is Racial Justice?
Scot Nakagawa
Race Files, A Project of ChangeLab

Re-Imagining Equitable Futures

Title
Author
Organization
Afrofuturism – Amplifying Black Futures and Voices: A Resource for Change Workers
Laura Burney Nissen
Social Work Futures
#WeGovern
Resonance Network
Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Delivers a Poem at Joe Biden's Inauguration
Amanda Gorman
CNBC Television
Workshopping the Worldview
Resonance Network
The Reverb
An Indigenous Vision for Our Collective Future: Becoming Earth’s Stewards Again
Native Peoples Action
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
A New World Is Possible: Defund Police and Fund Black Lives
Kayla Reed and Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
The Movement for Black Lives; Essence Magazine
Healing and Transformative Justice: Imagining Black Feminist/Abolitionist Futures
Cara Page, Marianme Kaba, and Adaku Utah
Goethe-Institut New York
How Black Women Are Reshaping Afrofuturism
Jonita Davis
YES! Magazine
How to Dismantle White Supremacy
Barbara Smith
The Nation
How to Overcome Racism
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Tikkun Magazine
How to Reimagine the World: Collaboration Principles for Artists & Social Justice Organizers
Micah Bazant
Forward Together; CultureStrike
Leading Through the Portal to Claim Our Humanity
Kathleen Osta
National Equity Project; Medium.com
The Racial Imaginary Institute
Claudia Rankine et al.
A Practice in Visioning A World Beyond White Supremacy
Dahlia Ferlito
LA Progressive
Bridging: Towards A Society Built on Belonging
Othering & Belonging Institute
We Need to Talk About an Injustice
Bryan Stevenson
TED2012
What Would It Take to Overcome the Damaging Effects of Structural Racism and Ensure a More Equitable Future?
Kilolo Kijakazi, K. S. Brown, D. Charleston, and C. Runes
Urban Institute

Understanding Racial Equity

Title
Author
Organization
The Problem With That Equity Vs. Equality Graphic You’re Using
Paul Kuttner
Cultural Organizing
Leading for Equity
Gita Gulati-Partee
TEDxUNCSalon
Lucky Zipcodes
Amy Hunter
TEDxGatewayArch
Racial Equity Slam Poetry
Makaha Studios
The Business Case for Racial Equity
Ani Turner
Altarum Institute; W.K. Kellogg Foundation

“Without new visions, we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down. We not only end up confused, rudderless and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics, but a process that can and must transform us. ... Protesting, organizing and education are all essential to activism, but they’re not the entire story ... we must also create spaces to cultivate collective freedom dreams. We live in a society where destruction has become the dominant culture. To be truly revolutionary, we need to create space built on love and solidarity.”

~ Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of American History at UCLA and author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

SPOTLIGHT

Reimagining Our Legal, Political, and Economic Systems – Michelle Alexander, FRED Talks

Also in this section:
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity

  • Systems Thinking

  • Internalized Racism

  • Racism

  • Decolonization Theory and Practice

  • Theory

  • Structural Racism

  • System of White Supremacy and White Privilege

  • Intersectionality

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