This government-focused review tool shows agency policies and practices that could benefit from a racial bias review. It offers a review process with examples of common policy and practice reforms, their unexpected limitations due to racial bias and how they can be corrected to promote opportunity for all. This brief is part of a comprehensive Race Matters toolkit. For more information, visit the Race Matters Institute.
Unintended racial bias can go undetected in government policies until a racial lens is applied
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Some otherwise good ideas in system reform can fall short of maximizing opportunity for all if they are not intentionally examined for how they play out around race.
As an example of racial bias affecting government policies: Limitations on caseworker resources for prevention and early intervention result in “opportunity hoarding” – reserving resources for clients who are viewed as most likely to benefit. But this discretionary decision is often grounded in racial stereotypes.