Racial Inequities in the Washington, DC, Region: 2011–15
The Washington, DC, region is increasingly diverse and prosperous, offering many opportunities to its residents. Yet, decades of systemic racism and discriminatory policies and practices have produced significant inequities in education, income, employment, and housing for people of color—the majority in the region. These inequities are not confined to one jurisdiction, they exist within all jurisdictions in the region. A DC region with greater inclusion will expand the economy and increase the skills and training of the workforce. To make progress, this brief defines the inequities and shows what equity would mean for residents of color across the region.