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Equity is absolutely not the same as equality, but they play for the same team. Equitable solutions require us to understand history, context, and cultural relativism.
Much of the historical narrative and cultural consensus has focused on the struggle for equality: equal rights, equal treatment, and equal opportunity. It was only half a century ago that the principles of our Constitution were finally written into laws that granted all people the same treatment before the law—regardless of “race, colour, sex, or national origin,” as the Civil Rights era formula goes.
You can immediately appreciate the difference between the 3 people in the picture, who are the same on each side: a grown man, a child, and a toddler. Each of them wants to see the baseball game, but two of them are not tall enough to see over the fence.
The image on the left shows what happens in an “equal” society, when everyone is given the same advantages, treatment, rights, and resources (at least, to the best ability of that society’s government).
Giving everyone the same treatment is not the same as giving every individual the treatment they need. So with “equal” resources, one kid can just see over the fence and the toddler can’t at all. The conclusion: equal treatment is not necessarily sufficient to ensure everyone has a shot at truly thriving in society.
When we tailor the division or allocation of resources to individuals and their different needs, we’re able to give more of them access and inclusion. The kids can now see what’s happening over the fence (access) and are sharing in the experience with the grown-up (inclusion)
In the United States, in particular, much of the historical narrative and cultural consensus has focused on the struggle for equality: equal rights, equal treatment, and equal opportunity.
There was nothing stopping individuals, businesses, or the government from discriminating against people of colour in the fields of employment, education, housing, and politics.
On paper, that all changed in the 1960s. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 made it illegal to discriminate against anyone in the sale, rental, or financing of housing on the basis of race, religion, sex, or national origin.
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