DC Tackles Racial Equity – Washington City Paper – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Kenyan McDuffie Credit: Darrow Montgomery

“Racial equity” sounds so much more polite and positive than the ugly ill it’s trying to address—a history of deep structural and institutional racism.

“We don’t have that kind of equity,” D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said on Thursday, at a packed forum about legislation that could require every D.C. government agency to consider the impact of race on every government program. The Mayor and the Council itself would be required to factor racial impact into all legislation.

“We have the highest levels of social anxiety I’ve seen in awhile,” said Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, wh


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