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 and has partnered with police departments around the county to cut on-campus arrests.
▪ The county’s Department of Social Services is analyzing its case files to see if it treats families of all races equally.
▪ Charlotte-Mecklenburg police introduced a program three years ago that has helped reduce juvenile arrests by 22 percent.
Chinn-Gary prefers to remain in the background. After all, she has a big day job.
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