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2013 Structural Racism and Long Island. What is “RACE”? Race is a social construct.

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1 2013 Structural Racism and Long Island

2 What is “RACE”? Race is a social construct.

3 Long Island Community Fund - ERASE Racism Racism is like an Iceberg… Pseudo-Scientific Race Theories Unequal Access to Resources and Power White Privilege Blame the Victim “Color Blind” Policies De Facto Segregation Hate Crimes Harassment Illegal Discrimination ERASE Racism

4 Personal Prejudice Stereotypes Attitudes

5 Institutional & Structural Racism Racial prejudice plus institutional and systemic power Historical advantage and disadvantage Current policies and institutional norms Unresponsive government & institutions Racial segregation and discrimination

6 Chronic Racial Disparities Differences… Treatment Services Opportunities Access Outcomes

7 Lack of Fair Housing Enforcement Produces Residential Segregation Supported by Government Fragmentation Ensures Unequal Education Contributes to Economic Inequities Fuels Concentrated Poverty Kept in place by Long Island Racial Segregation Example of Structural Racism

8 Structural Racism on Long Island

9 Racial Composition of LI

10 Racial segregation remains extremely high Percent White

11 Segregation over the past 3 decades has not improved between whites and non-whites Values above this line are considered extremely segregated Complete Integration Complete Segregation

12 Racial Isolation 1.In 2010 the average black resident lived in a neighborhood that was THREE AND A HALF times as black as the region 2.In 2010 the average Hispanic lived in a neighborhood that was TWICE as Hispanic as the region.

13 Segregation by race is more severe than segregation by income Values above this line are considered extremely segregated

14 Percentage of each racial group that attend the lowest performing school districts Based on graduation rates DO NOT DISTRIBUTE

15 Access to Highest Performing School Districts Based on graduation rates DO NOT DISTRIBUTE

16 Racially segregated neighborhoods and disparities in access to high-need and low-need schools

17 Opportunities & Barriers Individual Agency/ Responsibility Institutional Barriers & Opportunities Structural Barriers & Opportunities

18 Unraveling Institutional and Structural Racism is Hard Work Lack common language & shared knowledge base Lack candid conversations & space to have them Believe inequities are tied to intentional, individually- generated actions Believe in continual linear improvement We have different starting points: ▫ Racial gap in perception of racism ▫ Responsibility for outcomes (individual & collective responsibility)

19 V. Elaine Gross, MSW, President 6800 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 109W Syosset, NY Fax: Telephone:


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