The Center's Vision

The Antiracist Research and Policy Center is founded on a new vision of racial change. To eradicate racist ideas, we must eradicate racial inequity. To eradicate racial inequity, we must eradicate racist policies. To eradicate racist polices, we must bring them to light and execute powerful campaigns of change.

The old and popular vision of racial change is based on the common construction of the race problem: that ignorance and hate lead to racist ideas and racist ideas lead to racist policies. Thus, the most logical solution is education and persuasion. But even the most well-meaning and effective educational and persuasion efforts have not eradicated discrimination and inequality. The production of racist ideas did not come out of ignorance or hate, but out of a need to rationalize inequity, out of a need to justify discrimination.

The source of racial inequality—racist policies—is dividing and devastating human bodies while ideas that justify inequality are dividing and devastating human minds.

Based on this new vision of change that's grounded in historical revelation, we're creating an Antiracism Center unlike any other. While scholarly race centers generally focus on research for education, The Antiracist Research and Policy Center will primarily focus on policy change. Our multipronged Antiracist Education Project seeks to change the belief system that the racial problem is bad people instead of bad policy. 

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What Makes Our Vision Different

Ideas

  • We know the racial problem is not people, but policy.
  • We know the racial solution is correcting policy, not people.
  • We carry a broad intersectional perspective and combat inequities between all racialized groups, no matter their gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, or nationality.
  • We carry local, national, transnational, and international outlooks on inequity and discrimination.

Organizational Model

  • We do not support individual projects. We support team projects.
  • We are distinct from university research centers and think tanks that primarily support individual researchers and policy experts.
  • We depart from the popular model of single-area research. We have teams in the areas of economy, education, environment, health, justice, and politics.
  • Our six annual teams, supported by AU faculty and students, will be comprised of scholars, policy experts, journalists, and advocates-the four kinds of professionals typically behind evidence-based policy change.
  • Our Antiracist Education Project will use the latest and most engaging technology and professional workshops to mass educate away racist ideas. We aim to build the world's largest digital infrastructure of racial inequities, racist ideas, and racial histories. We plan to launch other ongoing projects that monitor and undermine racism.

Work

  • Our six teams will be sizeable, consisting of scholars, policy experts, journalists, and advocates, as well as AU students, student interns, and community volunteers.
  • Our fall courses where students function as research assistants will provide a new model for student learning through the interplay of teaching, scholarship, and policy change.
  • Our teams will not engage in research disconnected from policy innovation.
  • Our policy innovation will be grounded in pioneering research.
  • Our advocacy campaigns will be built on groundbreaking research and policy.