Study says that Racial Disparities still an issue in Diverse Bay Area
Last November, various civil rights organizations released a report that analyzed disparities across the state. According to the report, even though modern politics and a growing economy have established California as a progressive powerhouse with vast opportunities for its residents, people of color and indigenous communities are frequently left of these opportunities in the Bay Area. The report claims that several counties in the Bay Area are flourishing economically and socially, but are also harboring significant disparities. The report also claims that blacks carry the heaviest burden of these disparities across the state, while Latinos are the largest group affected by these inequalities. The report states,
At the same time that the tech boom created wealth and attracted a highly-educated, high-earning workforce, it also increased housing prices and promoted gentrification, while exacerbating existing racial disparities.
The report used research and data analysis conducted by the RACE COUNTS initiative, which ranks racial disparities in California’s 58 counties in the following seven areas: democracy, economic opportunity, safety and justice, access to health care, healthy built environments, education, and housing. The initiative is an online tool created by the civil rights organization Advancement Project California, the USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, PICO National Network and California Calls. Researchers measured the disparities using the following three key factors: performance, meaning how well people are doing in a given county; disparity, or how certain races are performing in comparison to others; and impact, or size of the total population. According to the report, the Bay Area had the highest performing counties in the region, but the most significant racial disparities in the state, particularly in Alameda, San Francisco and Marin counties. It’s sad to read about the disparity issues across the state, but hopefully areas such as the Bay Area can figure out how to ease the disparities.