Race and equity
For most of its history, the United States excluded people of color from its main pathways to upward mobility, creating deep social and economic inequities. Urban researchers and policy analysts investigate systemic barriers to advancement by interrogating structural racism, meaning the policies, programs, and institutional practices that facilitate the well-being of white families while impeding that of families of color. Members of Congress, government agencies, local governments, business leaders, and philanthropists seek Urban’s expertise to better understand structural racism and to inform solutions to dismantle it.

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    Updates on people’s health, housing, and livelihoods since August 19, 2020.


    Tags Racial wealth gap Racial disparities in criminal justice Racial barriers to housing Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development Racial inequities in employment Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in health Structural racism Structural racism in research, data, and technology Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Structural racism in civil society and civic participation Civil rights laws and regulations Racial and ethnic disparities Racial segregation Race, gender, class, and ethnicity

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