Why We Lead With Race
We lead with race with the recognition that the creation and perpetuation of racial inequities have been infused systematically into government and institutions.
We also know that other groups of people are still marginalized based on gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age, to name but a few. Focusing on racial equity provides the opportunity to introduce a framework, tools and resources that can also be applied to other areas of marginalization.
This is important because:
Race can be an issue that keeps other marginalized communities from effectively coming together. An approach that recognizes the interconnected ways in which marginalization takes place will help to achieve greater unity across communities.
A racial equity framework that is clear about the differences between individual, institutional and structural racism, as well as the history and current reality of inequities, has applications for other marginalized groups.
To have maximum impact, focus and specificity are necessary. Strategies to achieve racial equity differ from those to achieve equity in other areas. “One-size-fits-all” strategies are rarely successful.
It is critical to address all areas of marginalization and an institutional approach is necessary across the board. As organizations deepen their ability to eliminate racial inequity, they will be better equipped to transform systems and institutions impacting other marginalized groups.