University of Wisconsin–Madison

Racial Equity Action Plans: A How-to Manual

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Public Safety, Public Spaces
While local governments may consider themselves fair and just, people of color fare worse than their white counterparts in every area: housing, employment, education, justice, and health. Current day disparities are just as bad and sometimes worse than they were before the Civil Rights era. Since then, most governments have not made significant changes in outcomes for employees or residents of color, even with years of effort. Because local governments have a unique responsibility to all residents, these racial inequities can and must be addressed. The public sector must be for the public good; current racial inequities are destructive. We must go beyond individual, intentional discrimination or acts of bigotry, and examine the systems in which we all live. We must investigate - honestly - how our longstanding systems, policies, and practices, unintentionally or not, have created and continue to maintain racial inequity, and we must change them.

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