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America is at a critical moment in our nation’s history and democracy. We at the Metropolitan Policy Center stand for evidence-based policies that lead to a more equitable society. We unequivocally support the protests for racial justice.

MPC is a resource for understanding social unrest. We have a cluster of scholars who have been engaged with scholarship examining and addressing the undercurrents of unrest. Please reach out to us for assistance on this critical topic.

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New Release Racial Disparities of Daily Living in the DC Area

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With the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, we've released a report on the way that racial disparities seep into the everyday lives of residents in the DC area. The report focuses on four areas of daily living: neighborhoods, local institutions, policing, and immigration. The racial disparities that we find in all four domains reveal the different life experiences DC-area residents have depending on their race and ethnicity. Our data come from the 2018 DC Area Survey and represent the population of the DC area.

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the life-and-death consequences of racial inequality. Our report reveals the context in which we can understand the racial inequality in infections and deaths. While racial inequality can seem like a daunting obstacle to overcome, this report lays out practical ways to direct policies to address racial disparities.

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New Report Reveals Influence of Race in D.C.-Area Residents' Lives

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