Racial Equity Data Stories

Feeding America: Identifying Racism in the Drivers of Food Insecurity

This dashboard from Feeding America tracks five key variables that impact one's ability to access food—poverty, disability, homeownership, unemployment, and median income. Explore each of these indicators at the state and food-bank level to understand how systemic disenfranchisement shows up as racial disparities across these five indicators and ultimately, food insecurity.

Southern Economic Advancement Project/FairCount: Creating vaccine equity in Georgia

This dashboard created by the Southern Economic Advancement Project to advance equitable access to vaccines in Georgia shows a real-time view of all available vaccination sites in the state, along with a look at community-level indicators that may pose barriers to access. With this dashboard, SEAP aims to support an equitable recovery from COVID-19 that ensures the state's most vulnerable residents are prioritized and supported.

Civil Rights Data Collection: Policing in our schools

This dashboard displays data from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection on key factors—down to the school district level—that negatively impact student outcomes by race: student referral to law enforcement, and students being arrested by police.

PolicyLink: Rent debt in America

Without sufficient eviction protection, debt relief, and financial support, COVID-impacted renters will be leeft behind as the states begin their path to recovery. Data on PolicyLink's National Equity Atlas shows that thee majority of renters in debt are low-wage workers of color that have been disproportionately affected by the economic shutdowns - only deepening racial and economic inequities.

COVID-19: Visualizing racial disparities to create a path toward equity

Broad, summarized data doesn't tell the story of the unique impacts and challenges faced by communities of color, especially Black/African-American and LatinX. To begin to understand how COVID-19 has impacted racial groups in the US—and to develop solutions—it’s necessary to look beyond the topline numbers and analyze disaggregated, localized data. Explore these powerful visualizations created by Julia Biedry Gonzalez to gain additional perspective on why data like this is so critical to our understanding of the inequities of COVID-19.

National Alliance to End Homelessness: Demographics of Homelessness

In America, all levels of government have historically worked to segregate and limit the places where people of color can live. Decades of exclusionary zoning and disinvestment still affect the housing outcomes. The data used for this visualization include homeless population counts from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s AHAR: 1) Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S. and 2) general population counts from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Consumer Survey. These two data sets allow us to calculate per capita rates of homelessness.

PolicyLink: Black prosperity in America

These data from the Educational Attainment, Wages: Median, and Racial Equity in Income indicators on the National Equity Atlas show disparities driven by deep-seated anti-Black racism. Educational attainment gaps derive from segregation, disinvestment in neighborhoods and schools, and more. Racial wage gaps stem from these structures of oppression, but also anti-Black prejudice and a long history of segregating workers of color into lower-paying professions.

USAFacts: Racial disparities in policing

These dashboards show arrest rates per 100,000 people and crime rates across geographies. The data clearly show that Black Americans are arrested at much higher rates than Whites. It's important recognize how biases in policing and policies that have concentrated Black people in overpoliced neighborhoods have produced these disparities.