Good cop or bad cop? #BlackLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter?

What’s going on in our nation? Though most of our systems aspire to fairness, people of color consistently experience disparate outcomes, compared to Whites. Racial disproportionality occurs across all systems – education, child welfare, health care, housing, employment, banking and finance and the justice system – to name just a few. For example, students of […]

Social Work Professor’s Research Shows Implicit Bias

Susan McCarter has spent the last 20 years researching and talking about disproportionate minority contacts (DMC), or the over-representation of minority youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. She readily acknowledges that even the official name for her work tends to make people defensive. “The word ‘disproportionality’ has taken on a bad […]

Race And Juvenile Justice In Charlotte

African-Americans make up 35 percent of Charlotte’s population but represent 70 percent of the arrests. Nationwide, black drivers are stopped and searched more often than whites. Minority children are more likely to be suspended from school than white students. An initiative called “Race Matters for Juvenile Justice” has been working in Charlotte to reduce these […]

When She Points to Racial Bias, Charlotte’s Most Powerful Listen

Elisa Chinn-Gary isn’t one to tell some of Charlotte’s most powerful institutions that they need to check themselves for racial bias. She simply shows them why they should. Armed with statistics, studies and personal experiences, Chinn-Gary and a group she helped start have triggered some stunning results. ▪ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has revamped its discipline policy […]

Implicit Bias Conference Announcement

The Science of Fairness: Exploring Implicit Bias
Friday, October 23, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Dr Rita Cameron-Wedding
The purpose of the conference is to inform and engage our community in a clear understanding of “Implicit Bias” and its contribution to the disparities and disproportionality in our community and systems. We seek to inform the community of the work of Race Matters for Juvenile Justice and to gain commitment to both broaden and deepen the scope of our inquiries and interventions.

Youth Received a History Lesson Quite Different From What They Learned in School!

On July 29th- 30th, 2013, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Organizing Against Racism Alliance sponsored a two day Student Racial Equity Workshop at the United Church of Chapel Hill.   Over fifty students, teachers, parents, and adults attended the workshop facilitated by Race Equity Institute’s Dismantling Racism workshop leaders. The trainers used the format […]