Where conventional financial systems perpetuate structural racism, community investment has the potential to play a powerful role in advancing racial equity in and across communities—but only if we actively work to center equity in all aspects of the system.
How We Got Here
Centuries of structural racism have shaped financial systems and markets to channel resources to communities that already have them and further disinvest communities that don’t. To overcome that legacy, community residents and their aspirations must drive local community investment systems, and community investment practitioners must incorporate racial equity lenses and attend to the racial equity implications in every choice we make.
Making Change Happen
Recent events—COVID-19’s racial disparities, ongoing police violence, surging white nationalism—signal the urgency of uprooting racism across American society. By tackling the biases baked into the community investment system and reshaping it to prioritize racial equity, practitioners can transform communities and the lives of their residents.
Racial Equity Resources
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