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Laws and Policies

This section provides resources about the relationship of laws and policies to racial equity and inequity. The resources provide information about laws and policies with the explicit intent of advantaging groups allowed to be called white, and disadvantaging and, in some cases, dehumanizing and/or criminalizing, groups not allowed to be called white, as well as laws and policies with that impact if not that stated intent.  As an example of explicit intent, the documentary “Slavery by Another Name” shares that “after the failure of Reconstruction in 1877 and the removal of black men from political offices, Southern states enacted a series of laws….[that] penalized anyone attempting to leave a job before an advance had been worked off… vagrancy statutes made it a crime to be unemployed.” Examples of implicit intent include laws and policies including

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