Introduction, in Reimagining Equality: A New Deal for Children of Color
Reimagining Equality: A New Deal for Children of Color (NYU Press 2018)
8 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2018 Last revised: 27 Oct 2018
Date Written: 2018
In the United States, children of color are disproportionately affected by poverty, poor educational outcomes and structural discrimination. In Reimagining Equality: A New Deal for Children of Color, Nancy Dowd sets out to examine the roots of these inequalities and their implications for all children by tracing the life course of Black boys from birth to age 18. Drawing on interdisciplinary research, the book demonstrates that Black boys encounter challenges and barriers that funnel them toward failure rather than developmental success. Their example exposes a broader reality of hierarchies among children. Government policies, practices, structures and institutions are substantially responsible for generating those hierarchies. Dowd argues for a new legal model of developmental equality—ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity to reach their fullest potential—grounded in the real challenges that children currently face on the basis of race, gender, and class. Using that model, she offers strategies for change, including a groundbreaking proposal for a New Deal for Children to ensure equality for all children. In the introduction posted here Dowd outlines her core thesis and the framework of the volume.
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