November 30, 2022

What Is Racial Equity?

Racial inequity is when two or more racial groups in society do not experience, in a statistical sense, approximately equal footing. such as the percentages of each ethnic group in terms of dropout rates, single family home ownership, access to healthcare, unemployment rates, life expectancy, incarceration rates, etc., for which causes are credibly identifiable as systemic in nature.

Racial equity, then, is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares in life.

In substance, racial equity work consists of advocating for and putting into operation strategies, laws and practices to address root causes of inequities not just to recognize their manifestation. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them.

Why Work for Racial Equity?

The following is an excellent write-up discussing why racial equity is so important to achieve in our educational system. However, a racial equity lens should be used to evaluate and eliminate racial inequities in every area of life, including in our legal, judicial, housing, financial, medical, food availability and other systems, structures and areas of endeavor.