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Racial Justice

A guide on racial and other social justice/injustice issues that continue to come to a head in the United States and around the world.

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Grant Connors
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Dahlgren Memorial Library

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Washington, DC 20057
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This Research Guide is intended to provide resources to understand the structural inequities and systemic racism that have impacted BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) over generations, with a particular focus on health inequalities. The stories and perspectives shared are by no means limited to this guide. We encourage you to explore these resources to foster a better understanding.

Racial Justice

What is Racial Justice?

"The systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. Racial justice—or racial equity—goes beyond “anti-racism.” It is not just the absence of discrimination and inequities, but also the presence of deliberate systems and supports to achieve and sustain racial equity through proactive and preventative measures.

Racial Justice [is defined] as the proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes for all."


Race Forward, "Race Reporting Guide"

Catalytic Change: Lessons Learned from the Racial Justice Grantmaking Assessment Report, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity and Applied Research Center, 2009.