Racial equity is not easy to attain if unintended bias is not addressed. This 2006 fact sheet brings awareness to the youth in transition issue, shows the consequences of unintended discriminatory actions, and presents policy strategies to bring equal opportunity to all. This brief is part of a comprehensive Race Matters toolkit. For more information, visit the Race Matters Institute.
Kids of color trying to reach adulthood face racial bias and stereotyping in everything they do.
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The use of racial stereotypes in decision making within various public systems produces more negative decisions against youth of color in comparison to white youths, even when they face the same circumstances and have comparable backgrounds.
The more discretionary the decision-making structure, or the more likely quick decisions are made, the more likely youth of color suffer from unfair assessments and dispositions.