It will take the average black family 228 years to achieve the same amount of wealth that their white counterparts hold today. This racialized disparity is reflected across trends in education, health, and wellness:
- The average African-American male lives five years less than the average white American male.
- While about half of children under 5 are non-white, characters in children’s books are overwhelmingly white.
- More than 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, school systems in the United States are separate and unequal.
These trends all stem from segregation — the enforced separation of the powerful and the powerless — and the policies and the practices that have been designed and scaled in this context.
Segregation, an inescapable component of both our country’s history and its current reality, creates relationships that are inherently unequal and ingrains them into our society. But if we dismantle these relationships, we can dismantle segregation. When we create and design new relationships, we can reorder our schools and our communities; we can design the new relationships that make gaps, disparities, and — ultimately — segregation itself obsolete.
Segregation and its resulting inequities span societal and cultural contexts, shaping learners’ experiences both inside and outside of school. We have chosen education as an entry point to this work, but it does not end there.
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