Racial Justice

Racial justice–the systematic fair treatment of people of all races in policy and practice–promotes equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. It is a term frequently used in considering the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on communities of color and the publicized incidents of police violence. 


Systematically, racial injustice permeates the fabric of all of our institutions. It concentrates environmental hazards and defunds schools in neighborhoods of color, restricts the right to vote and racially gerrymanders election districts, and assigns harsher criminal sentences to people of color for the same crimes. The pervasiveness of racial inequity is seen in everything from healthcare to housing. For example, Black Americans are five times more likely to be stopped without just cause than white people, and three out of five African Americans live in communities with uncontrolled toxic waste sites.


Although starting in 2020 the media has cast a brighter spotlight on overt issues of racial injustice like police violence and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black men and women, structural racism has its roots in our country’s foundation. The genocide of indigenous nations and the enslavement of Black people in the U.S. created wealth, opportunity, and economic prosperity for millions of white Americans, while simultaneously oppressing people of color. Slavery evolved into racial lynchings, codified segregation, “Jim Crow” laws, and the present day system of mass incarceration. 


Racial injustice has far reaching economic, social, and health-related consequences. Chronic stressors that contribute to increased morbidity and mortality for people of color include food insecurity, substandard housing conditions, inadequate access to health care, workplace discrimination and heightened exposure to violence. Even the great equalizer and bedrock of democracy–the right to vote–is restricted for people of color. Strict voter identification laws, restrictions on Sunday voting, longer wait times, transportation issues, and polling place closures disproportionately affect voters of color


To protect the rights and the health of Americans of color, every sector of society needs to consider the role it plays in promoting or hampering racial justice. Policymakers should prioritize passing the current Voting Rights Bills, decriminalizing drug possession, reallocating law enforcement resources to community safety, enforcing stricter equity standards for sentencing laws, and strengthening re-entry programs for recently incarcerated individuals. Within healthcare, providers and systems must acknowledge the decades of medical abuse and exploitation of people of color for research and medicine while building trust and access to care.


At a micro level, individuals should be vocal allies for BIPOC and demonstrate anti-racist attitudes and actions in spheres of influence such as social circles, workplaces, and local communities. To truly make meaningful progress towards racial justice, we can start by educating our youth and public about the role of race and racism in the United States. Only by acknowledging these legacies can we protect and promote the health and success of all Americans, no exceptions.

Resources & Tools


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The Role of Business in Supporting Meaningful Work and Wealth
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by WIN Network
Published on 02/25/2021
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Racial Equity Map
Tool - Toolkit/toolbox
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Community Organizations Have to Talk About Police Violence Directly
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Centering Black Voices lab
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Centering Blackness: The Path to Economic Liberation for All
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Brought to you by Medium
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Visions of Equity: The Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice
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Brought to you by TIME
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Voluntary Land Taxes
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How Systemic Racism Exists In U.S. Housing Policies
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Brought to you by Forbes
Published on 07/09/2020
The Case for Reparations
Story - Written
Brought to you by The Atlantic
How I Found Racial Healing During the Pandemic
How I Found Racial Healing During the Pandemic
Story - Written
Brought to you by Yes! Magazine
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Commons Good Podcast: David Gibbs
Story - Audio
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 09/29/2020
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Racism Has Shaped Public Transit, and It’s Riddled With Inequities
Story - Written
Brought to you by Rice University
Published on 08/24/2020
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What It Looks Like to Reconnect Black Communities Torn Apart by Highways
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Brought to you by Bloomberg L.P.
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This Moment Calls for Finally Making Homeownership Access Fair
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The Danger of a Single Story
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Brought to you by TED
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97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
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Brought to you by Medium
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Trend Bending Policies for Advancing Racial Justice Part 1: Ending Police Violence
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Brought to you by Community Commons
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Racial Equity, Housing, and COVID: A Roundtable
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Brought to you by Shelterforce
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We See You: Why America Must Invest in Young Adults of Color
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Brought to you by SSIR
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Well Being in the Nation Medley
Story - Video
Published on 11/18/2020
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Black Lives Matter
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Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 06/05/2020
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A Brief History of How Racism Shaped Interstate Highways
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Brought to you by NPR
Published on 04/07/2021
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The Racist History of Abortion and Midwifery Bans
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Brought to you by ACLU
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Racial and Gendered Equity and Biden’s American Jobs Plan
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US Black-White Inequality in 6 Stark Charts
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Reparations, Rebranded
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Commons Good Podcast: Justice Horn, All-America City John Parr Youth Award Winner
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Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 05/18/2022
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What Exactly Does It Mean to Defund the Police?
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Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity in U.S. Health Care: A Scorecard of State Performance
Resource - Report
Brought to you by The Commonwealth Fund
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School-to-Prison Pipeline
Resource - Fact Sheet
Brought to you by ACLU
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Leveraging Community Expertise to Advance Health Equity
Resource - Report
Brought to you by Urban Institute
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H.R. 2919 - THRIVE Act
Resource - Legislation
Brought to you by Congressional Research Service
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Uprooting the Structural Drivers of Health Inequity
Resource - Webinar
Brought to you by ChangeLab Solutions
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Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Health in the United States and U.S. Territories: A Pathfinder to Resources
Resource
Brought to you by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Black Americans Have a Clear Vision for Reducing Racism but Little Hope It Will Happen
Resource - Report
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What is Environmental Racism and How Can We Fight It?
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by World Economic Forum
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American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the United States: A Pathfinder to Resources
Resource
Brought to you by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racial Justice
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by Opportunity Agenda
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Intersections Between Racism and Ableism
Resource - Journal Article
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Conducting Research Through an Anti-Racism Lens
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by University of Minnesota Foundation
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The Power of Narrative: Bringing People Together To Advance Equity With Jonathan Heller
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by Healthy Places by Design
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Asian American Health in the United States and U.S. Territories: A Pathfinder to Resources
Resource
Brought to you by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Beyond Land Acknowledgement: A Guide
Resource - Guide/handbook
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Campaign Zero
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How Community-Based Organizations Use Data to Advance Racial Equity
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Brought to you by Urban Institute
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For Love of Country: A Path for the Federal Government to Advance Racial Equity
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by PolicyLink
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Black Wealth Data Center
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by BWDC
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The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth
Resource - Report
Brought to you by W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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2020 State of Black America Unmasked
Resource - Report
Brought to you by National Urban League
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Do No Harm Guide: Additional Perspectives on Data Equity
Resource - Report
Brought to you by Urban Institute
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Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus
Resource - Website/webpage
Gallup Center on Black Voices
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by Gallup
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Guide to Racial Healing: The REPAIR Framework for Community-Institution Solidarity in Racial Healing
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by Build Healthy Places Network
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In Common Newsletter: New Racial Justice Journey Library
Resource
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Resource - Website/webpage
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Tackling Structural Racism In Health
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by Health Affairs
Strategic CaseMaking Knowledge Center
Resource - Website/webpage
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Racial Justice Competency Model
Resource - Website/webpage
Know Your Rights: Voting Rights
Resource - Fact Sheet
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Decolonizing Environmentalism
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by Yes! Magazine
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Racial Trauma
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by MHA
Stories to Celebrate Black History Month
Resource - Data Bank/repository
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Advancing Well-Being by Transcending the Barriers of Whiteness
Resource - Policy Brief
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Provider Bias in Contraceptive Counseling
Resource - Journal Article
Racial Justice
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by Equal Justice Initiative
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Hispanic/Latino Health in the United States: A Pathfinder to Resources
Resource
Brought to you by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Racial Equity in Government
Resource - Data Bank/repository
Brought to you by Results for America
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Black/African American Health in the United States: A Pathfinder to Resources
Resource
Brought to you by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Police-Recorded Crime and Disparities in Obesity and Blood Pressure Status in Chicago
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by American Heart Association
The Planner’s Playbook: A community-centered approach to improving health & equity
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by ChangeLab Solutions
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On Racism: A New Standard For Publishing On Racial Health Inequities
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by Health Affairs
Published on 07/02/2020
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King County’s Journey in Institutionalizing Equity and Social Justice
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by American Society for Public Administration
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The Link Between Structural Racism, High Blood Pressure, and Black People’s Health
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by American Heart Association
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Project REFOCUS
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by University of California Los Angeles
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Health Equity Framework
Resource
Brought to you by Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
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How Land Banks and Community Land Trusts Can Partner for Racial Justice
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by Nonprofit Quarterly
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Racial Disparities and Climate Change
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by Princeton University
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Targeted Universalism Bibliography
Resource - Data Bank/repository
Brought to you by Othering and Belonging Institute
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Health Equity Data Commitment and Principles
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by Public Health Institute at Denver Health
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11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by The Aspen Institute
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Structural Racism and Discrimination
Resource
Brought to you by NIMHD
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Adultification Bias
Resource - Website/webpage
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Education to Identify and Combat Racial Bias in Pain Treatment
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by AMA
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Native American Activism: 1960s to Present
Resource - Website/webpage
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Rural Policymaking
Resource
Brought to you by ChangeLab Solutions
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Law for Black Lives
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by L4BL
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Racialization as a Barrier to Achieving Health Equity for Native Americans
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by AMA
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Coronavirus Equity Considerations
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by NAACP
Valuing Black Assets in Black Communities
Resource - Podcast
Brought to you by Brookings
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Understanding the Policing of Black, Disabled Bodies
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by Center for American Progress
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What It's Like to Be Black and Disabled in America
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by The Atlantic
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Bay Area Equity Atlas
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Bridging Divides Map
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Hate Map
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Racial Disparities Dashboard
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Racial Equity Data Hub
Tool - Data/mapping Tool

Data & Metrics


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BIPOC Health Equity Library
Library
Published on 09/27/2022
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Racial Justice Journey Library
Library
Published on 02/22/2022

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