This webinar on the Racial Wealth Gap led by Christian Brooks, MDiv, MSPPM, of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness, on November 17, 2021, will include an interactive wealth gap simulation to help participants understand the connections between racial equity, poverty, and wealth.
To participate in the full experience of the simulation from 2:30 – 4 PM ET, you must register on Zoom and have paper and a pencil ready.
The experience is a good first step for people unaware of structural inequality, or for those who want a deeper understanding of structural inequality and the information and resources to address the quantifiable economic impact of each policy that has widened today’s racial income and wealth divides.
During the simulation, participants learn how federal policies created structural inequalities—property ownership and education are just two among many areas affected—and how these policies increase poverty in communities of color. The simulation guides participants to an understanding of why racial equity is so important to ending poverty in the United States.
Our hope is that participants, in becoming more aware of structural inequality, can support policies that undo and/or reduce disparities. Since the simulation emphasizes the importance of racial equity, it can be a helpful companion tool for churches, organizations, agencies, schools, and communities that have begun working on race and want to learn more about the role that public policy has had, over time, in creating structural divides based on race.
All of the sessions of this monthly series will be recorded on Zoom and then broadcast later in the day at 7 pm ET on NCC’s YouTube and Facebook channels.