As many of you know, I have spent my time down at the Wilson Building trying to advance racial equity in the District of Columbia. More recently, in fall 2017, I introduced the Sense of the Council on Establishing Race, Equity, and Social Justice Resolution of 2017. My work continued through 2018 when I convened a Racial Equity Working Group, held racial equity trainings for Councilmembers and staff, and successfully led the effort to have the Council of the District of Columbia join the Government Alliance on Racial Equity — a national network of leaders working to achieve racial equity within and through government.
Building on that foundation, I am excited to invite you to a symposium
I am hosting next week entitled, Race & Policy: Advancing Racial Equity and Economic Inclusion in the District of Columbia
. We will have panels featuring academic, government, and advocacy leaders addressing major policy areas to create a path toward true racial equity in the District of Columbia.
The data illustrates the inequities in the District. I could list a dozen jaw-dropping statistics in education, employment, and public safety but I'll share just one. A 2016 Urban Institute study
found that white households in D.C. have a net worth 81 times greater than Black households. That is the product of generations of racism and discriminatory policies, and I am committed to dismantling the systems that created and perpetuate these inequities.