The Roots of Inequality
Can a region’s philanthropic and civic leaders combine forces to eliminate racial inequality? The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change wants to give it a try in Baltimore, and they hosted a three-day seminar in October 2011 to get it started. I was there, and before I left, I recorded this interview with the organizers for Maryland Morning.
Graph from Pew Research Center.
The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change has a framework they think can help cities and regions tackle the structural forces that perpetuate inequality. They’ve been working for a while with Jacksonville, Florida, and now they’re getting involved in Baltimore. In October 2011, they invited about 30 people to spend two and a half days at their campus on the Eastern Shore’s Wye River to learn about what they call “structural racism,” and to brainstorm about ways to reduce inequality in the Baltimore region.
We’re in the planning stages of a related effort on Maryland Morning—a series about inequality called “The Lines Between Us.” I was part of the Aspen seminar, and I brought back this interview with two of the organizers: Anne Kubisch, director of the Roundtable on Community Change at the Aspen Institute, and Keith Lawrence, who’s a project manager and helped develop their framework.