Racial equity is the process of eliminating racial disparities and improving outcomes for everyone. Racial equity continues to be about applying justice and a little bit of common sense to a system that has been out of balance in the City of Minneapolis. The city needs to seek measurable milestones and outcomes that can be achieved on the continuum of racial justice. We need to make sure that the quality of representation including full access, authentic representation, empowered participation, true belonging and power sharing is applied equally to all citizens of Minneapolis.
The city needs to lift outcomes for all citizens especially highly marginalized groups. Our city government must recognize that equity is a measure of justice. I believe the city council must continue to work to integrate racial equity concerns into all levels of city policy and practice. The city’s stated goal is to improve the lives of residents of Minneapolis by dismantling systemic disparities and institutionalized racism.
One of the best ways of doing this is to build advisory boards so city staff and residents can act in an informed way on decision making on policies designed to reduce racial and transgender disparities.