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Unformatted text preview: filtered through the lens of “How will this program (initiative, investment, or strategy) contribute to reducing racial inequity?” Racially disaggregated data are a critical first step. Since the notion of equity is a comparative one, it should be clear that the basic commitment is to closing outcome gaps between people of color and whites in key opportunity areas, with goals, interim outcomes, and benchmarks specified. Because some of the arenas assumed to provide opportunity and justice in the United States actually work to produce greater racial disparity, no area should remain unexamined. To be clear, recognizing the importance of race may or may not imply racially explicit interventions. Disadvantages experienced by people of color are often also associated with class, nativity, gender, language, and other factors. While race is inextricably linked to all these, it may sometimes make strategic sense to craft interventions or build alliances that do not “lead with race” explicitly. What ought not be negotiable, however, is the priority p...
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