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In Focus

A series on race and inequality across the United States.

Part One

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Criminal Injustice

The first entry in the series explored the experience of people of color with the criminal justice system in America.

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  • An overhaul for justice

“There’s no system too big to reimagine—not even the criminal justice system.”

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  • Solving racial disparities in policing

Experts say the approach must be comprehensive, because the roots are embedded in culture.

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  • The flaws in our data

Professor and computer scientist Latanya Sweeney discusses issues surrounding the increased use of data and algorithms in policing and sentencing.

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Part Two

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Democratic Deficits

The second entry in our series featured the ideas, research, and actions aimed at making democracy, democratic institutions, and elections more representative.

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  • Fighting for equality at the ballot box

Law School students and affiliates battle gerrymandering and other bars to access.

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  • Let all the voices be heard

Aaron Mukerjee talks about the Voting Rights Litigation Clinic.

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  • The roots of a reckoning

Lawrence D. Bobo talks about confronting the long shadow cast by America’s history of deeply fraught race relations and entrenched inequality.

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Part Three

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Environmental Exposure

The third entry in our series looks at ways to address the inequalities in climate change response, pollution, and healthcare for communities of color across the country.

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  • In pursuit of climate justice

Two Harvard groups are working to right the wrongs of decades of discriminatory environmental policies with the hope of reversing their effects on the next generation.

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  • From the experts

“Pandemics like COVID reveal in the most painful way what we need to fix in the world.”

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  • The turning point

Renee Salas discusses how climate change is impacting the everyday health of African American, Latinx, and Indigenous Americans.

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Part Four

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Upward Immobility

The fourth entry in our series looks at ways to better understand the roots of wealth inequality and explores solutions that could help create more equity for economic mobility and opportunity.

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  • Christina Cross

"What we need are policies that alleviate financial hardship and facilitate good, consistent parenting."

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  • From the experts

Racial wealth gap may be a key to other inequities

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  • Houses and health

Harvard professors discuss the devastating health effects for people living in the shadow of redlining.

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Part Five

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Underserved Potential

The fifth entry in our series explores why educational inequity is at the heart of all inequity, and highlights the ideas and actions that can make education a pathway to success for all.

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  • Tauheedah Baker-Jones

“As educators, we are charged with creating engaged citizens who uphold our democratic and pluralistic ideals."

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  • From the experts

How COVID taught America about inequity in education

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  • Podcast

Better college access for Native people

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