Glossary of Shared Language
Black Lives Matter6
Critical Race Theory 8
Equity is providing support, assistance, and tools to provide everyone with what they need to succeed in society. While equality seeks the same treatment for everyone, equity seeks the same outcome for everyone– while materially adjusting for historical, economic and social disadvantages. See definition for Racial Equity.
A person/family can experience Situational Poverty when their income and support is decreased due to a specific change—job loss, divorce, death, etc. While there can be a domino effect caused by this one significant change, this is often a temporary setback. This typically is not so with generational poverty.
Grandparental wealth is a unique predictor of grandchildren’s wealth, with five channels serving as the means of wealth transmission: gifts and bequests,
education, marriage, homeownership, and business ownership. Because of the advantages arising from intergenerational family wealth, African American households experience significant disadvantages in both wealth attainment and intergenerational wealth mobility compared to whites.
This process often increases the demand for housing and drives up prices, resulting in an increase in property values and the displacement of earlier, usually poorer residents.
Many anti-displacement activists define gentrification as a profit-driven, race, and class change of a historically disinvested neighborhood.
Gentrification without Displacement18
Race is a social and political construct created, starting in the late 16th century, to
categorize individuals based on superficial physical characteristics. This
categorization was created to give power and access to white people, while
simultaneously disempowering and denying access and power to people of color.
The construct of race justified and facilitated the colonization, enslavement,
genocide, oppression, marginalization, segregation, and domination of persons
based on the color of their skin.
As an outcome, racial equity is the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. When we use the term, we are thinking about racial equity as one part of racial justice, and thus we also include work to address root causes of inequities not just their manifestation. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them.
As a process, we apply racial equity when those most impacted by racial inequity are meaningfully involved in the creation and implementation of the policies and practices that impact their lives.
Racism involves one group having the power to carry out systematic discrimination through the institutional policies and practices of the society and by shaping the cultural beliefs and values that support those racist policies and practices. Racism is different from racial prejudice, hatred, or discrimination.
Racism = race prejudice + social and institutional power
Racism = a system of advantage based on race
Racism = a system of oppression based on race
Racism = a white supremacy system