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
https://vimeo.com/133506632Learn more about the “Race: The Power of an Illusion” series at: http://newsreel.org/video/race-the-power-of-an-illusion
What is Race? Race Myth Debunked
Structural Racism & Community Building
Glossary for Understanding the Dismantling Structural Racism/Promoting Racial Equity Analysishttp://www.aspeninstitute.org/sites/default/files/content/docs/rcc/RCC-Structural-Racism-Glossary.pdf
What has structural racism meant for the Baltimore region?
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.
How to be a Racial Justice Hero MLK Day and All Year Long
Ten Lessons for Taking Leadership on Racial Equity
America’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model
Ten Essential Questions for Policy Development, Review and Evaluation
Race Matters Toolkit
Leading Organizations in Baltimore & Nationally
Baltimore Racial Justice Action www.bmoreantiracist.com
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle http://lbsbaltimore.com
Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity http://racialequityalliance.org
Open Society Institute – Baltimore https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/challenge-and-hope-baltimore
Race Forward www.raceforward.org
*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. http://www.racialequitytools.org/