The decisions we make in the next four years will determine America’s path for the next forty. And a great deal of the progress we make–on everything from increasing economic freedom to confronting climate disruption–will depend on whether we tackle racial inequality in our lifetime. For all our country’s forward movement, Black people in America are still disproportionately excluded from systems of social protection, economic uplift, and representative democracy while facing shorter lifespansXu, Jiaquan, M.D., Sherry L. Murphy, B.S., Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A., Brigham Bastian, B.S., and Elizabeth Arias, Ph. D. “Deaths: Final Data for 2016.” National Vital Statistics Reports 67, no. 5. July 26, 2018., lower educational attainmentHansen, Michael, Elizabeth Mann, Diana Quintero, and Jon Valant. “Have We Made Progress on Achievement Gaps? Looking at Evidence from the New NAEP Results.” Brookings. April 17, 2018., and dramatic overcriminalization and incarceration compared to their white counterparts.Sawyer, Wendy, and Peter Wagner. “Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019.” Prison Policy Initiative. March 19, 2019.
Inspired by American hero Frederick Douglass and comparable in scale to the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II, the Douglass Plan dismantles old systems and structures that inhibit prosperity and builds new ones that will unlock the collective potential of Black America.