New Detroit’s (NDI’s) mission to achieve racial understanding and racial equity in Metropolitan Detroit is as significant in 2020 as it was when the organization was established more than 50 years ago. The racial equity highlights presented here serve as an “interim update” to our 2014 Metropolitan Detroit Race Equity Report (“the Scorecard”) and is the first of many reports that will be released by NDI and its partners throughout the year. The purpose of these reports is to provide timely analysis of racial equity across the region using data drawn from a variety of sources including other recent reports on race.
It is well established that in recent years, Detroit has experienced a period of significant growth and change in a number of areas. The number of new restaurants and retail establishments, for example, has increased exponentially, although this growth has largely been limited to the seven square mile area that makes up the downtown core. To date, the chief beneficiaries of this transformation have, to a great extent, been limited to relatively affluent, White residents. Efforts have been made to address issues of equity and inclusion, but given longstanding barriers to racial equity in Detroit, there remains much to be done.
These highlights lift up a range of issues concerning racial equity, beginning with a section summarizing the emerging racial equity implications of the COVID-19 virus. A summary of racial equity indicators follows the section on COVID-19, and is organized by the categories listed below:
• Income and Wealth
• Employment and Entrepreneurship
• School Discipline and Incarceration