Combating Racism – Transforming Criminal Justice


The United States is the world’s leader in its rate of incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in federal, state or local prisons and jails – a 500% increase over the last forty years. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population yet it now houses 25% of the world’s prison inmates....
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Combating Racism – Read, Watch, and Listen

I recently read an article encouraging readers to buy and read more books by writers of color. And to be honest, even though I’ve ready many authors of color, when I went to my bookshelf, I clearly had many many more books by white authors. Since my right arm will be immobilized in a sling this...
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Combating Racism – Our Dollars Make a Difference

Back in July, I wrote a newsletter listing organizations that work to combat racism, with hotlinks to the websites of each organization (a partial list at best). If you missed that newsletter, you can find it here. Now I’ve thought of additional ways we can use our dollars to combat racism. The five...
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Combating Racism – Building Strong Children

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

~ Frederick Douglass

For the past two weeks, I've written about the disparities in our educational systems between Black and White children in an effort to share some of our history and make a case for integrating schools. But what about the...
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Combating Racism – Understanding Health Disparities

Large racial differences in health persist in the U.S. Eliminating these health disparities is another public health challenge of our time. Racial residential segregation is the cornerstone on which black-white disparities in health status have been built in the US. Racial groups characterized by legacies of social exclusion, economic disadvantage and political or geographic marginalization have worse...
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Combating Racism – Education

When I set out to learn more about systemic racism, I quickly realized how ignorant I was. Ignorant about how systemic racism came about, about how our laws enabled segregation, how we have perpetuated racism through the generations. The more I read, the more the books opened new areas of unawareness. For example, I learned that...
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Combating Racism – Have Uncomfortable Conversations

A recent rationale for not inviting a Black man to join a group of white women to discuss racism was:

“Black people shouldn’t have to do the work of educating whites about racism.”

The comment took me back to an early June article in The Washington Post entitled “I’m your Black friend, but I won’t educate you about...
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Combating Racism – Stamp Out Microaggressions

The biases I wrote about last week (here), can lead to microaggressions. Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward people of color. They have also been defined as “acts of disregard that stem...
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