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Reporting On Race In the 21st Century: Great Power Great Responsibility

August 1, 2015

This report is packed with recommendations on how newsrooms and journalists can dig deeper -- and report more responsibly -- when covering racial disparities in America. It summarizes views shared at the Annie E. Casey-sponsored Forum on Journalism, Race and Society that took place during The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change.

Structural Racism and Youth Development

February 19, 2009

Youth of color have experienced poor outcomes relative to their white counterparts historically, and these disparities persist today. Researchers have offered a number of explanations for these disparities, some of the more popular of which have focused on individual deficiencies. If one elucidates the underlying theories of change of dominant practices and public policies in the youth field, it appears that, despite variation in approach and emphasis, they too have focused on individual behavior. While behavior is clearly an important contributor to the outcomes that individuals experience, it is not the sole determinant. Rather, we contend that there are larger, structural factors that contribute to the racial disparities between youth of color and their white counterparts that deserve systematic and sustained attention.

Structural Racism and Community Building

June 1, 2004

Since 1997, the Roundtable has been focusing on how the problems associated with race and racism in America affect initiatives aimed at poverty reduction in distressed urban neighborhoods. The Roundtable has explored how race shapes the social, political, economic, and cultural institutions of our society, and how those dynamics produce significant and ongoing racial disparities in the well-being of children, families, and communities. The work also has an applied dimension that describes how to incorporate racial equity into social and economic development work. This publication represents an effort to summarize and share the Roundtable's perspective on racial equity with a broader audience.