Baltimore Aspen Workgroup Statement

The time is now for real, inclusive and transformative change.

The more we know about structural racism, the more capable we are of building a new and improved Baltimore region. There is a role for each of us to play in breaking new ground for Baltimore for the good of all of our children, families and communities.

This page is for anyone who would like more information about structural racism as a lens for more clearly seeing Baltimore so that we can make it a better place. For those who already have a deep understanding of structural racism in Baltimore, we hope that you can use this information as a tool in your own efforts.

The links below take you to some of the best resources on the topic. They are organized in the following way:

  • What is structural racism?
  • What has structural racism meant for the Baltimore region?
  • What should we do?
  • Leading Organizations in Baltimore & Nationally

We have found each of these videos, articles, interviews and organizations to have a great deal of explanatory power when it comes to better understanding Baltimore as a city and a region and how we can make it better.

Please note that what we have assembled is just a selection and is not meant to be exhaustive.

What is structural racism?
This selection of videos and articles illustrates the different facets of structural racism in the economy, housing, education and other areas and the various levels on which it affects us.

The House We Live In more about the “Race: The Power of an Illusion” series at:

What is Race? Race Myth Debunked

Structural Racism & Community Building

Glossary for Understanding the Dismantling Structural Racism/Promoting Racial Equity Analysis


What has structural racism meant for the Baltimore region?

 How Baltimore Became Baltimore

The Lines Between Us

Divided Baltimore: How Did We Get Here, Where Do We Go

Structural Racism and Baltimore: Understanding the Roots of the Unrest

What should we do?
There are ways for everyone to create racial equity and leave structural racism behind. In some cases the best place to start may be learning more in order to gain a better understanding of the role that makes most sense for you to play.

For Everyone
How to be a Racial Justice Hero MLK Day and All Year Long

For Everyone
Ten Lessons for Taking Leadership on Racial Equity

For Businesspeople
America’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model

For Policymakers
Ten Essential Questions for Policy Development, Review and Evaluation

For Everyone
Race Matters Toolkit

Leading Organizations in Baltimore & Nationally

Baltimore Racial Justice Action

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity

Open Society Institute – Baltimore


Race Forward


*A Resource for the Long Haul: Racial Equity Tools offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level—in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.