Where one lives and their racial background dramatically shape the privileges they enjoy.
“There is a strong linkage between race, place and privilege,” explained Dr. Kubrin. “Just look at any aspect in our daily lives for proof – education, safety, healthcare and jobs, to name a few.”
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Race: Are We So Different?
On May 11, local leaders and community members came together in Balboa Park to talk about how race and location can put people at a significant disadvantage.
Guests joined Dr. Kubrin, moderator Jess Jollett, Civic Engagement Strategist for Pillars of the Community, and other local leaders, in a powerful dialogue based on Kubrin’s research about how our socioeconomic status and the opportunities we’re afforded have a direct correlation with the color of our skin and the communities we live in.
During the presentation, Dr. Kubrin spotlighted the example of prosecutors using rap lyrics to convict young men and women of crimes they did not commit. By doing so, the criminal justice system turns artists into criminals and unfairly targets people of color for a form of expression, she shared.
In addition, Dr. Kubrin explained that the lack of opportunities and basic resources in underprivileged communities creates a downward spiral that often leads people toward crime and ultimately into a cycle of recidivism.
In order to fix the inequities across the San Diego region and advance a vibrant quality of life for everyone, community leaders from philanthropy, business, academia, nonprofits and government are coming together to address challenges that exist today for a more equitable tomorrow.
Following the presentation, guests continued the conversation at the Museum of Man to talk about what they learned and share ideas about potential solutions. They also had a chance to more deeply explore the topic of race by touring the museum’s new exhibit, Race: Are We So Different?
Region-wide equity and change cannot come overnight, but by bringing together diverse voices from across the region, we can begin to understand the ‘what’ to better identify the ‘how.’
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