What We Do
The Mississippi Racial Equity Community of Practice (RECoP) is a group of practitioners who advance racial equity in Mississippi by
- Facilitating racial healing and dismantling racist structures while engaging individuals and communities in cultural, historical, experiential learning through group dialogue, individual development, and community development;
- Sharing and disseminating resources internally and externally with other practitioners; and
- Identifying equitable laws, policies, and practices that will further this mission.
The latest census data indicates that MS has about 3.0M residents, 750,000 (25%) of whom are children. Of that population, 49% are white, 43% are black, and 8% are identified by some other race. When looking at the comparative wellbeing indicators of children in MS, it is clear that children of color are disproportionately living in more vulnerable conditions, compared to white children. Consider an average MS K-12 classroom of 12 black and 12 white students. In that classroom, 6 black students would live in a family where no parent has a full-time, year-round job, compared to 3 white students. Six (6) black students would live in poverty, compared to 2 white students. Three (3) of those impoverished black students would be living in extreme poverty, compared to 1 white student. If the classroom was in a MS high school, 2 of those black students would already be dropped-out and unemployed, compared to 1 white student.
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