Using a Racial Equity Scorecard for Policy and Programs

June 30, 2020
Aya Community Market in Northeast Washington, D.C. Joseph Molieri for Bread for the World

The Racial Equity Scorecard is a way of assessing how successfully a given policy/program or legislation applies a racial equity lens.


People of color in the United States are more likely to experience hunger and poverty because of structural racism.

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic reflect the impact of structural racism in our country. These preexisting inequities have only been amplified by the pandemic, as people of color, particularly African Americans, are both more likely to become infected with the virus; more likely to die if they become ill; more likely to be in jobs considered essential that may require frequent contact with customers or other members of the public; and more likely to lose their jobs.

Fortunately, public policies can be designed in ways that can overcome these disproportionate impacts and reduce structural racism. Applying a “racial equity lens” is a concept and practice focused on achieving equal outcomes for people of color relative to their white counterparts. When this lens (which puts the needs and leadership of people of color at the center) is applied to policies and programs, the outcomes should be that progress is made toward eliminating racial inequities.

Many broad-based policies could be made more racially equitable by (1) applying this practice to evaluate each part of the policy; and (2) basing recommendations on analysis of how best to address the deep origins of racial discrimination and historical trauma.

To reverse racial inequities, policies must be rooted in the historical trauma each community of color has experienced

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

    Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

For Advocacy

Faith

African at Heart

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Insight

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