RACE COUNTS measures the overall performance, amount of racial disparity, and impact by population size of counties and cities in California. We found that the past still very much drives who has access to the promise of the Golden State.
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Performance: How well all people are doing. For example, how high are Los Angeles County graduation rates?
Disparity: How well different racial groups in a county are doing compared to each other. For example, are Latinos graduating at the same rate as other groups in Los Angeles County?
Impact: The total population for each county and therefore how many people are affected. For example, how many people live in a county where graduation rates are high, but Black students don’t graduate as often as other racial groups?
Racial Equity (noun): Creating public institutions and policies that meet the needs of our changing demographics and level the playing field to create conditions for everyone in society to thrive.
California has long been known as a beacon for progressive politics, but for many communities of color and Indigenous people, this idealistic vision of California has never been the reality. Our report launching RACE COUNTS makes the case for racial equity and lays out a path to achieve that vision for all Californians.
Advancement Project California is a multi-racial, multi-generational racial justice organization with expertise in research, advocacy, and policy. We work with partners and communities to expand educational opportunities for California’s children; create healthy and safe neighborhoods; ensure communities of color have a voice in our democracy; strengthen movement-building; and shift public investments toward programs that benefit all Californians—not just the privileged few.