Racial Equity Cabarrus
Focused on providing racial awareness training to leaders in Cabarrus County, Racial Equity Cabarrus strives to provide an understanding of the structural racism that exists in our nation and in our community. With that new understanding, we will take action to transform the systems and structures to provide racial equity.
We define racial equity as:
Proportionate access to opportunity and resources within all systems regardless of race or ethnicity.
Our Vision: A future where outcomes across systems are not predicted by race or ethnicity.
Our Mission: To create partnerships with local government to address racial inequity in Cabarrus County.
Since 2017, Racial Equity Cabarrus has provided racial equity training to the community. Racial tensions in our country are evident, and many leaders in our community want to take action to improve the quality of relationships locally.
Racial Equity Cabarrus is led by a board composed of community and civic leaders, as well as six clergy from Central United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Grace Lutheran Church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Trinity UMC and First Baptist of Kannapolis. Of the six churches, two are predominantly black congregations and four are predominantly white. Together we have discerned that we need to:
Increase awareness of racial inequity in our community
Increase our understanding of our history that brought us to this point
Understand that racism is entrenched in every system
Partner with church and community leaders to better understand one another
Take action towards ensuring that outcomes across systems are not determined by race or ethnicity
Ultimately, our goal is to work toward racial equity in the structures that now perpetuate white privilege and inequity. Those include the:
Criminal justice system
Our goal is to reach the seats of power in our community and continue to transform its citizens in vital awareness of the value of their neighbor as well as the inequalities that exist among us, which are a product of our shared history. This awareness will provide a common language to pull the efforts of many together.
To the leaders of the churches working on this initiative, the ministry of reconciliation is a process that involves deepening the relationships we all have with God and with one another. Within traditional Southern churches, cross-racial relationships are often superficial, sadly, and not very Christ-like. Yet we believe that by helping residents in our county develop more meaningful relationships with our brothers and sisters who don't look like us, we can make it easier to build community relationships that help us better connect with one another. We also realize that the Church must lead the way in transforming the structures and systems that currently exist. Regrettably, the White Church has been complicit, first during slavery and Jim Crow, and then silent during the post-Civil Rights Act period. The time for silence is over.
Crucially, it also must be noted that Racial Equity Cabarrus strongly believes in community building and connecting not only for and with our churches, but for and with government, civic and business leaders in the community, regardless of one’s relationship with faith. Indeed, we are committed to offering secular training to those who prefer no faith component. Our belief in equity is what drives and convicts us.