Racial discrimination is linked to suicidal thoughts in Black adults and children
Frederick Douglass is regarded as one of the most prominent abolitionists the world has ever seen. Alongside his extraordinary contributions as an influential speaker, writer and human rights advocate, Douglass – who was born into slavery and gained freedom in September 1838 – also wrote openly about his struggles with suicidal thoughts.

Douglass’ writings are both revolutionary and transformative, particularly when considering that he lived during a time when several anti-literacy laws prevented enslaved Black persons from learning to read and write.

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Op-Ed: Deep racial inequality persists in the U.S. — but many Americans don’t want to believe it
Progress toward racial equality in the United States is real — and possible — if we look, for instance, at changes in racial attitudes across time.

However, a rigid belief that progress is automatic, natural, linear or always forward moving, lends itself to the denial of the persistence of racial inequality in the funding gaps between public schools serving majority white students versus those serving children of color, the disproportionate death and hospitalization rate during the COVID-19 pandemic in communities of color, and the Black-white wealth gap. This denial remains a big obstacle to real progress in so many spheres.

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Investigating the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap
The gap in wealth between Black and white Americans is a product of historical realities that continue to shape economic outcomes. Policy interventions to address current wealth disparities must understand the long-standing inequities that contributed to them.

To help inform those policy discussions, RAND researchers have investigated how wealth is accumulated, the potential effects of particular policy responses, and the social mobility prospects of African Americans. The discussion papers in this series will be followed by future research efforts.

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A lawsuit alleges a racial disparity in VA benefits and says the VA isn't doing enough about it
Lawyers who filed the suit say agency records show the VA is more likely to pay claims from white veterans than from Black veterans.
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The Racial Equity Institute

WE ARE AN ALLIANCE OF TRAINERS, ORGANIZERS, AND INSTITUTIONAL LEADERS WHO HAVE DEVOTED OURSELVES TO THE WORK OF CREATING RACIALLY EQUITABLE ORGANIZATIONS AND SYSTEMS. WE HELP INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS DEVELOP TOOLS TO CHALLENGE PATTERNS OF POWER AND GROW EQUITY. JOIN US TODAY.
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“What we’re asking is for people and institutions to participate in their own transformation”

-DEENA HAYES-GREENE
REI Managing Director

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Groundwater

Intro to Race Equity

A typical Groundwater Presentation is a three-hour introduction to Racial Equity, and we can adjust to accommodate a shorter time slot or to dive deeper if you are able to allocate up to a full day.

Phase 1

REI’s two-day Phase 1 training is designed to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms.

Phase 2

Phase 2 helps emerging racial equity leaders identify their struggles and challenges in light of the racial equity analysis outlined in Phase 1. 

Phase 3

Tailored Consulting

A typical Groundwater Presentation is a three-hour introduction to Racial Equity, and we can adjust to accommodate a shorter time slot or to dive deeper if you are able to allocate up to a full day.

Latinx Challenges

Latino Challenges is a two-day workshop for people who live in or work with Latino communities and are interested in ending racial disparities in our institutions and working together for social justice.

youth training
The 2 day event is an opportunity for the youth to understand the concept of racial equity, the history of race and racism, and why it is crucial to address this in order to continue reaching divine goals in society, with monthly follow-up sessions post-training.

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