Race, equity and why attention remains the rarest and purest form of generosity – San Francisco Examiner – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Life lands on everyone differently. Maybe this seems too obvious to bear mentioning, but the obvious things are the easiest ones to overlook.

As a Black Gen Xer, I grew up minding the gaps between my life and a world that wasn’t made for me. But over the past couple of decades, I’ve seen an acceleration in the ways that all kinds of people are remaking the world to serve their needs and dreams. I’m here for the revisions that make the world bigger and more specific (like filling in the many blanks in American history). But I can’t ignore the revisions that seek to make the world narrower and more exclusive (like fights to keep schoolchildren from learning this country’s complex history).

If you liked the world just fine the way it was, thank you, then this might be scary. But change comes for all of us and often when we aren’t paying attention. Fact: we are living in precarious times. The more we know, the better equipped we can be to respond.

This column is about race, which in my definition includes white people, too; and equity, which is sometimes confused with equality. Instead of giving everyone the same thing (equality), with equity you arrive at fairness by accounting for

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