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In This Report, You’ll Learn
How to start a meaningful dialogue about race.
How to use data to enhance these conversations.
How to go from talking about race to legislative action.
Resources to help drive conversations on race.
This report tells how KIDS COUNT advocates in Nebraska, Wisconsin and Washington used solid data, leadership and citizen engagement to spur race-based legislation and community change. It is the first installment in the five-part
Race for Results Case Study series, which explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity in America. Table of Contents
Wanted: Engaging, honest conversations about race
In America, too many systems, policies and processes perpetuate structural racism and harm the very children of color they are supposed to help. To fix this, leaders must learn how to inspire action aimed at removing racial barriers and brightening the futures of all kids. This process begins with a simple step: Championing sincere, authentic conversations about race.
Findings & Stats
When using statistics to jumpstart conversations, be sure to present the numbers in their proper context and use data disaggregated by race.
Pick your number crunchers wisely. Aim for a multiracial team that works together to collect, present, analyze and interpret the data.
Part of the Problem
Systems aren’t solely to blame for society’s deep racial disparities. But they aren’t off the hook either. Current policies and practices can and do widen the racial divide.
Statements & Quotations
It seems the ability to take the first critical steps toward removing racial barriers that harm children of color include having reliable data, the right context and strong, committed leadership.
Engaging stakeholders and others who are most affected is critical to the success of any authentic conversation on race.
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