New Report: “Facts Matter! Black Lives Matter! The Trauma of Racism”

PUBLISHED ON May 25, 2015

An acute awareness of institutional/societal racism and the relationship between race and poverty are underpinnings of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research’s work.

The recent spate of videotaped police killings of unarmed black men, from Michael Brown to Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Walter Scott – and countless other never captured on video – ;underscore the imperative to confront society’s insidious and deadly structural racism, of which poverty is just one devastating consequence. In keeping with its mission, The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, housed within New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, continues to do just that. 

Toward that end, on April 27, at the Third Annual McSilver Symposium and Awards at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the McSilver Institute released a new report entitled “Facts Matter! Black Lives Matter! The Trauma of Racism.” It includes a new analysis of the cumulative negative impact racism has on the lives of people of color, and  builds upon the institute’s earlier work addressing structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity, and accumulated disadvantage at the community level that contributes to racial disparities in areas including health, educational achievement, exposure to violence and economic prosperity.

The McSilver Institute will continue to shine an empirical light on the consequences of racism and seek to dismantle the structures that perpetuate it.