Category Archives: Structural Racism

Go for Broke

We have come to an unparalleled moment of definition as a country. There is no middle ground for us to seek, or cower for refuge. With structural inequities laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic, now worsened by further evidence of … Continue reading

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There is No Neutral on Racism and Hate: Back to School for White Educators

by Kathleen Osta, Managing Director, Midwest Region, National Equity Project Last year, my colleague LaShawn Routé Chatmon and I wrote this piece in EdWeek — “5 Steps for Liberating Public Education From Its Deep Racial Bias.” We made the case that in order to … Continue reading

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Don’t Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism

Any learning about implicit bias must include both clear information about the neuroscience of bias and the context of structural racism that gave rise to and perpetuates inequities and harmful racial biases. Continue reading

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Our Freedoms Are Eternally Won

“Words like freedom, justice, and democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what they are.  It takes enormous…effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.”   – James … Continue reading

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PolicyLink asks, Will You #ClaimTheTorch?

NEP stands in solidarity with PolicyLink’s #ClaimTheTorch campaign, which encourages us all “to ignite, expand, and advance the conversation on equity.” Enjoy this catalyzing video, produced by Wyatt Close and Big Bowl of Ideas, and accompanied by the powerful words … Continue reading

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My Brother’s Keeper: Do we have the will to make a way?

I was honored to provide a guest post on the Huffington Post blog of Eric Cooper, Founder, President of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, in response to President Obama’s recent My Brother’s Keeper initiative. You can read an … Continue reading

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Hugh Vasquez on Internalized Oppression

National Equity Project Senior Associate Hugh Vasquez will join the radio program A Safe Place to Talk About Race on Monday, November 5, at 4pm EST, 1pm PST. The program streams live online via the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel. Episode description: … Continue reading

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Confronting Systemic Inequity in Education

That’s the title of a report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). It’s written for foundations but has insights and data that are useful for other equity workers.  (The PDF is free, the fee is for the printed report.)  The … Continue reading

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The Moral Imperative: With the Kellogg Foundation Learning Labs in Mississippi

The Learning Labs is a national movement to radically improve early learning (birth to age 5) for all children in the United States. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the movement consists of a partnership of innovative state-level early learning … Continue reading

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A policy in need of turnaround

This is a share from the Public Education Network weekly news blast: In a commentary in Education Week, [National Equity Project Advisory Board member] Pedro Noguera and Alan Blankstein lament the approach to school turnarounds prescribed by the DOE, which they … Continue reading

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