On its surface, racial equity implies the fair treatment of all people, regardless of race. However, America’s fraught history of race exposes how Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have been disproportionately denied access to systems, structures and pathways that result in fair opportunities and outcomes for all. By centering racial equity in our communities, we can increase the collective economic and social success for all who live and work in the North Country region.
These values are at the heart of the Adirondack North Country Association’s 2020 annual meeting, which will take place via Zoom on Friday, September 18 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The virtual event will focus on how racial equity is essential for a stronger, more resilient North Country region, as businesses and communities rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.
ANCA is home to the Adirondack Diversity Initiative’s inaugural director, Nicole Hylton-Patterson (pictured here), who was hired in December 2019 — three months before COVID-19 closed down New York State economies and five months before the killing of George Floyd and subsequent worldwide racial justice protests. Hylton-Patterson has been instrumental in the design and execution of ANCA’s annual meeting, which centers racial equity in economic development in the North Country.
ANCA Executive Director Kate Fish said these recent crises provide a unique opportunity to create regional economic systems that are more equitable, particularly for people of color.
Read the full article in the Adironack Almanack.