With a rise in awareness of the disparities that exist between communities based on race and ethnicity, there’s interest in discussing racial equity and social change.
However, even as the subject of racial equity enters the discussion, there’s still confusion around what it means and why it’s so important.
Defining Racial Equity
According to Race Forward, “racial equity is both an outcome and a process,” and the outcome occurs when race no longer determines someone’s socioeconomic status. The process ensures that those most impacted by structural racial inequality are involved in the discussions and decisions around the policies that impact them.
These Race Forward definitions clarify the key difference between equity and equality:
- Equality provides the same resources and opportunities for all, assuming everyone is starting at the same “level.”
- Equity acknowledges that some communities have been left out and left behind and warrant greater investments to achieve parity with other
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