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Equity Challenge Week 4 Friday Race, Economic Mobility and Opportunity

Continuing our conversation on structural racism, today we’ll look at how it influences economic mobility, access to healthy food, access to healthcare and safe immigration. As you’ll see from the resources below many of these topics overlap and codifies our understanding of how structural racism operates.

Articles

Why the Racial Wealth Gap Persists, More than 150 Years After Emancipation (8 Minute Read)

Read this article to gain a perspective on how new systems of economic oppressions are continuously developed to maintain the racial wealth gap.

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Characteristics and Influential Factors of Food Deserts (60 Minutes)

Read this economic research report from the US Department of Agriculture to learn more about food deserts.

Attack on the Transgender Community is an Attack on Racial Justice (3 Minutes)

Read this article to hear Race Forward’s take on how to fight the Trump administration’s effort to legally redefine gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.”

Mark Zuckerberg Accused of ‘Colonizing’ Hawaiian Island (1 Minute Read)

Read this article to learn about how Hawaiian natives have launched a campaign to stop Zuckerberg from “colonizing” Kauai.

Video

The Racial Wealth Gap (16 Minutes)

Netflix Description: “Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.” 
*This episode is in Season 1

What is Systematic Racism – Immigration Policy (1 Minute)

YouTube Description: This video is a part of a series produced by Race Forward to highlight the impact of systemic racism on our everyday lives. And Yes, it’s really a thing. For more information visit RaceForward.org.

This video specifically highlights the impact of systemic racism through the lens of immigration policy.

What is Systemic Racism – Wealth Gap (1 Minute)

YouTube Description: This video is a part of a series produced by Race Forward to highlight the impact of systemic racism on our everyday lives. And Yes, it’s really a thing. For more information visit RaceForward.org.

This video specifically highlights the impact of systemic racism considering the wealth gap.

To Transform Child Welfare, Take Race out of the Equation (7:33)

TEDx Description: “In this eye-opening talk about the impact of race and neighborhood on foster-care decisions, social worker Jessica Pryce shares a promising solution to help child welfare agencies make bias-free assessments about when to remove children from their families. “Let’s work together to build a system that wants to make families stronger instead of pulling them apart,” Pryce says.”

Podcast

The Original ‘Welfare Queen’ (32 Minutes)

NPR Description: “It’s a pernicious stereotype, but it was coined in reference to a real woman named Linda Taylor. But her misdeeds were far more numerous and darker than welfare fraud. This: how politicians used one outlier’s story to turn the public against government programs for the poor.”