On Monday Greg Deegan of Teaching Cleveland/Teaching Place presented on The Legacies of Systemic Inequities. It was a powerful presentation. I was honestly so focused on the presentation that I neglected to take a lot of notes. The most striking thing that he shared for me is that the life expectancy in the neighborhood 5 minutes from where I work is 10 years higher than in the neighborhood where I work. Here are a few other nuggets that I captured.
- A racially structured society is what causes racial inequity.
- Racial inequity looks the same across systems.
- Socioeconomic differences do not explain racial inequity.
- The assumptions we make about people are a "social shorthand" that allows us to predict quickly.
- We can use our privilege to serve others. We can ask ourselves, "When I am in a position of power, how do I use that power to create equity?"
What stood out to you?