My proposal is on how an approach to equity that
attempts to work within an interest-based framework to improve equity outcomes.
Dowell Myers (2015) sets forth a “mutual benefits”
approach to equity that attempts to work within an interest based framework to
improve equity outcomes. It proposes a mutual benefits strategy to reduce
political resistance to greater social equity.
Dowell Myers in his journal Mutual Benefits and
Equity amid Racial Diversity: A Generational Strategy for Growing a Broader
Base of Support for Social Equity tries to outline the things we should do in
order to be able to achieve social equity among all Americans and it is
consistence with the values of equity planning as described over previous
decades. I will try and explain this using 4 pillars which include demography,
politics, planning and economic development.
Demography deals with the study of population and
how they change. America’s population currently is made up of predominantly
whites who are the majority but we also need to acknowledge the current rapid
demographic change of Hispanics and Blacks who are increasing rapidly.
POLITICS AND SOCIETY
Evidence proves that political resistance is usually
the major obstacle to achieving equity. Local officials are said to be
reluctant to bridge this inequity gap. A strategy ought to be adopted to deal
with this gap. Before a strategy is
considered as successful in bridging the gap it should be able to minimize the
defensive reaction and not to trigger them. The ethnocentrism which triggers
defense in white voters usually comes back to life when they consider themselves
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING
The generation gap between the old and young can be
very corrosive to public goals if left un attended. The current trend which is
ongoing with our current society is where most of our young people are focused
more on individualism and less on the community achievements.
The methodology used to conduct this research was
through observation, handing out questioners and attending conferences where we
were able to discuss issues about this gap between people of different skin colors.
Equity planning is important as it affects us all,
one day you might consider your race superior and the next find yourself at the
bottom of the food chain. There is an irony in this diversity change as some
people won’t the status quo to remain and not equitable distribution of
resources, this might come as a shock to those
who want change. This defensive approach is highly likely to polarize
the current situation even further
There are mutual benefits to be gained from greater
equity. It is a certainty that children will repay investments by growing up to
be new tax payers, workers, business patrons, and even home buyers. Hence the
The bridge between races ought to be bridged so as
people to be equal. Given current racial disparities in resources and outcomes,
greater investment in young people of color, and their families, holds the
greatest upside potential for meeting future societal needs. Every stake holder
should come on board so as we can all work on this gap.
In the paper I try to address the things that ought
to be done to reduce the racial gaps we currently undergo. I have mentioned
some of the things that create the gap between people of different skin colors.
Myers Mutual Benefits and Equity amid Racial Diversity: A Generational Strategy
for Growing a Broader Base of Support for Social Equity.