PROPASALMy proposal is on how an approach to equity thatattempts to work within an interest-based framework to improve equity outcomes.INTRODUCTION.
Dowell Myers (2015) sets forth a “mutual benefits”approach to equity that attempts to work within an interest based framework toimprove equity outcomes. It proposes a mutual benefits strategy to reducepolitical resistance to greater social equity.LITERATUREREVIEWDowell Myers in his journal Mutual Benefits andEquity amid Racial Diversity: A Generational Strategy for Growing a BroaderBase of Support for Social Equity tries to outline the things we should do inorder to be able to achieve social equity among all Americans and it isconsistence with the values of equity planning as described over previousdecades. I will try and explain this using 4 pillars which include demography,politics, planning and economic development.
DEMOGRAPHYDemography deals with the study of population andhow they change. America’s population currently is made up of predominantlywhites who are the majority but we also need to acknowledge the current rapiddemographic change of Hispanics and Blacks who are increasing rapidly.POLITICS AND SOCIETYEvidence proves that political resistance is usuallythe major obstacle to achieving equity. Local officials are said to bereluctant to bridge this inequity gap. A strategy ought to be adopted to dealwith this gap. Before a strategy isconsidered as successful in bridging the gap it should be able to minimize thedefensive reaction and not to trigger them. The ethnocentrism which triggersdefense in white voters usually comes back to life when they consider themselvesunder threat.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNINGThe generation gap between the old and young can bevery corrosive to public goals if left un attended. The current trend which isongoing with our current society is where most of our young people are focusedmore on individualism and less on the community achievements.METHODOLOGY.
The methodology used to conduct this research wasthrough observation, handing out questioners and attending conferences where wewere able to discuss issues about this gap between people of different skin colors.FINDINGSAND CONCLUSIONSEquity planning is important as it affects us all,one day you might consider your race superior and the next find yourself at thebottom of the food chain. There is an irony in this diversity change as somepeople won’t the status quo to remain and not equitable distribution ofresources, this might come as a shock to those who want change. This defensive approach is highly likely to polarizethe current situation even furtherThere are mutual benefits to be gained from greaterequity. It is a certainty that children will repay investments by growing up tobe new tax payers, workers, business patrons, and even home buyers.
Hence thecycle continues.The bridge between races ought to be bridged so aspeople to be equal. Given current racial disparities in resources and outcomes,greater investment in young people of color, and their families, holds thegreatest upside potential for meeting future societal needs. Every stake holdershould come on board so as we can all work on this gap.EXECUTIVESUMMARYIn the paper I try to address the things that oughtto be done to reduce the racial gaps we currently undergo. I have mentionedsome of the things that create the gap between people of different skin colors. BIBLIOGRAPHY1.
DowellMyers Mutual Benefits and Equity amid Racial Diversity: A Generational Strategyfor Growing a Broader Base of Support for Social Equity.