RACIAL EQUITY | Last week we shared a New York Times story on a new study which explored the far reaching impact of racism for Black boys and men, regardless of economic class, in America. In this Chronicle of Philanthropy article, Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, reminds readers that Black boys aren’t broken, systems are and she shares her thoughts on strategies philanthropy can pursue to promote the understanding of structural racism and implicit bias. (Chronicle, 3/29)
In my role as head of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, we will continue our Putting Racism on the Table effort to educate leaders about a side of our society — one built on structural racism and implicit bias — that many people do not know exists.
The importance of helping leaders fully understand the realities of racism should not be minimized, but it often is. We feel the pressure to act fast, without taking the time to learn. But consider this: At no time have most of us received any formal education on structural racism and implicit bias. Some of us have firsthand experience with it, but we may not be able to identify it or know how insidious it is. And without this knowledge, we direct resources to the wrong places. We try to fix black boys. They aren’t broken. What is broken is the education system, the criminal-justice system, and many of the other societal structures that surround them with a false sense of racial hierarchy.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | The Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland, WRAG’s partner on the Philanthropy Fellows program, has released a research brief analyzing volunteerism among youth. (DGI, 3/28)
EDUCATION | Montgomery County’s school board has adopted a resolution against arming teachers. (Bethesda Beat, 3/28)
HOUSING | Under Ben Carson, HUD Scales Back Fair Housing Enforcement (NYT, 3/28)
IMMIGRATION | Virginia lawmakers recently passed a bill that prohibits localities from becoming “sanctuary cities.” The Commonwealth Institute of Fiscal Analysis explores how this bill traumatizes the state’s immigrant communities, especially children. (TCI, 3/26)
ECONOMY | Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s Amazon plan moves forward in legislature, barely (WaPo, 3/28)
PUBLIC SAFETY | Yesterday the ACLU of DC announced that it would sue the police department and the DC government due to its failure to compile comprehensive stop and frisk data. (WUSA9, 3/28)
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