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Racial Equity Dashboard


No one joins a cause because of percentage points.
 
The Cape Fear Collective is dedicated to pairing the lived experience with data presented in our Racial Equity Dashboard to better flesh out the structural racism that plagues our nation. 
 
This week, Kevin Maurer writes about systemic racism from the points of view of someone who doesn’t believe it exists and from another who lives it every day.
 
Maurer writes:
 
NAACP President Derrick Johnson defined systemic racism, also called structural racism or institutional racism, as "systems and structures that have procedures or processes that disadvantages African Americans.”
 
"This is not about one incident," said Johnson told USA Today in the wake of George Floyd’s death. "This is about the systemic and pervasive nature of racism in this nation that must be addressed."
 
Seeing it often depends on the color of your skin.
 
New York Times Bestselling author Wiley Cash looks at the legacy of Confederate monuments through the lens of the one in his home town of Gastonia. 
 
Cash writes:
 
For now, the statue will stand facing east, each new day bringing a new story of a Confederate monument being removed somewhere else. But as the day dawns and the sun rises, bathing the face of Gaston County’s Confederate soldier in clear morning light, a shadow is cast behind the statue, and it is there, in the shadows of history, where his story now lies.
 
The new episode of the Collective Voice explores Wilmington’s Confederate monuments through the eyes of three people. Terri Everett, a Wilmington resident who grew up in the region when it was segregated and is now running for Congress, Andre Brown, a local attorney and member of the African American Business Council and Chris Fonvielle, a historian and one of the region's experts on the Civil War.
For this to truly reflect our community and be a collaborative effort, we need your insights. After you explore the dashboard, tells us what you think at data@capefearcollective.org.
Click Here to Explore the Dashboard
Photo by Mallory Cash.
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