Developed by Seabourne Consulting, experts in Racial Justice

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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Centering Black Voices
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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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
Published on 09/16/2020
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Trend-Bending Policies for Advancing Racial Justice: Abolition and Liberation are Public Health’s Greatest Charges
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 07/20/2021
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Community Organizations Have to Talk About Police Violence Directly
Story - Written
Brought to you by Shelterforce
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Centering Black Voices lab
Story - Written
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Centering Blackness: The Path to Economic Liberation for All
Story - Written
Brought to you by Medium
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Visions of Equity: The Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice
Story - Written
Brought to you by TIME
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The Case for Reparations
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How I Found Racial Healing During the Pandemic
Story - Written
Brought to you by Yes! Magazine
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Commons Good David Gibbs
Story - Audio
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 09/29/2020
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Staff Pick!
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Our Favorite Equity Data Tools
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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What It Looks Like to Reconnect Black Communities Torn Apart by Highways
Story - Written
Brought to you by Bloomberg L.P.
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This Moment Calls for Finally Making Homeownership Access Fair
Story - Written
Brought to you by Shelterforce
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Taking Action for Reproductive Justice: Our Favorite Tools, Resources, and Data
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
Story - Written
Brought to you by Medium
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Trend Bending Policies for Advancing Racial Justice: Ending Police Violence
Story - Written
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Racial Equity, Housing, and COVID: A Roundtable
Story - Written
Brought to you by Shelterforce
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Belonging & Civic Muscle after November 3rd
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Well Being in the Nation Medley
Story - Video
Published on 11/18/2020
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Black Lives Matter
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 06/05/2020
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US Black-White Inequality in 6 Stark Charts
Story - Written
Brought to you by CNN
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Reparations, Rebranded
Story - Written
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What Exactly Does It Mean to Defund the Police?
Story - Written
Brought to you by The Cut
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School-to-Prison Pipeline
Resource - Fact Sheet
Brought to you by ACLU
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Uprooting the Structural Drivers of Health Inequity
Resource - Webinar
Brought to you by ChangeLab Solutions
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The Equity Manifesto
Resource
Brought to you by PolicyLink
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Advancing Public Health Interventions to Address the Harms of the Carceral System
Resource - Report
Brought to you by American Public Health Association Inc. (APHA)
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Campaign Zero
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by WeTheProtesters
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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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Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by American Public Health Association Inc. (APHA)
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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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Black Lives Matter: A Commentary on Racism and Public Health
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by American Public Health Association
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2020 State of Black America Unmasked
Resource - Report
Brought to you by National Urban League
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Gallup Center on Black Voices
Resource - Website/webpage
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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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Strategic CaseMaking Knowledge Center
Resource - Website/webpage
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Know Your Rights: Voting Rights
Resource - Fact Sheet
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Stories to Celebrate Black History Month
Resource - Data Bank/repository
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Advancing Racial Justice: The Role of Business
Resource - Webinar
Brought to you by WIN Network
Published on 02/26/2021
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Advancing Well-Being by Transcending the Barriers of Whiteness
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by PolicyLink
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Provider bias in contraceptive counseling
Resource - Journal Article
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Racial Justice
Resource - Website/webpage
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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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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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Adultification Bias
Resource - Website/webpage
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Law for Black Lives
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by L4BL
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Coronavirus Equity Considerations
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by NAACP
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Staff Pick!
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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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Racial Equity Data Hub
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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King County: Building Equity and Opportunity
Map
Published on 04/01/2015

Data & Metrics


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Racial Justice Journey Library
Library
Published on 02/22/2022

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