10-28-11: The Roots of Inequality
Can the philanthropic and civic leaders of a region combine forces to eliminate racial inequality? It’s a tall order, and one of many challenges on which they’ve already spent a lot of energy.
The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change has a framework they think can help cities and regions tackle the structural forces that perpetuate inequality. They’ve been working for a while with Jacksonville, Florida, and now they’re getting involved in Baltimore. This past weekend, they invited about 30 people to spend two and a half days at their campus on the Eastern Shore’s Wye River to learn about what they call “structural racism,” and to brainstorm about ways to reduce inequality in the Baltimore region.
We’re in the planning stages of a related effort on Maryland Morning—a series about inequality called “The Lines Between Us.” Our senior producer Lawrence Lanahan was part of the seminar over the weekend, and he brought back this interview with two of the organizers: Anne Kubisch, director of the Roundtable on Community Change at the Aspen Institute, and Keith Lawrence, who’s a project manager and helped develop their framework.