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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
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- Spring '14