Advancing Racial Equity and Justice

CAP applies a racial equity lens in developing and advancing policies that root out deeply entrenched systemic racism to ensure everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

People stand before a mural honoring people of peace in a Black district in Philadelphia on September 15, 2013. (Getty/Frédéric Soltan)

What We're Doing

Closing the racial wealth gap and building an equitable economy

Centuries of government policies have systematically deprived communities of color of economic opportunity, leading to a persistent, growing racial wealth gap. CAP develops and advances policies to combat the root causes of the racial wealth gap and promote a more equitable, vibrant economy for all.

Supporting the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform

Long-standing racial and environmental injustices disproportionately expose communities of color to climate pollution. CAP develops and advocates for climate policies that ensure communities of color benefit from the transition to clean energy.

Eliminating racial disparities and strengthening health systems

Structural racism causes inequities in health systems and disparities in health outcomes. It also negatively affects numerous social determinants of health. CAP develops and furthers policies to reduce racial disparities in health and foster more accessible, affordable, and equitable health systems.

Promoting a representative, responsive, and inclusive democracy

Online disinformation and hate; white supremacist violence and rhetoric; and voter subversion and suppression undermine democracy and entrench systemic inequities. CAP develops policies to foster an effective, accountable, and representative democracy to meet the needs and improve the lives of all Americans.

By the numbers


The absolute dollar wealth gap between Black households and white households

CAP, “Eliminating the Black-White Gap Is a Generational Challenge” (2021).


People of color’s exposure to fine particulate matter emitted by almost every fossil fuel source

Science Advances, “PM2.5 polluters disproportionately and systemically affect people of color in the United States” (2021).


Hispanic or Latinos more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than their white peers

CDC, “Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death By Race/Ethnicity.”


Hate crimes in 2020 where a victim was targeted because of their race, ethnicity, or ancestry

FBI, “Hate Crime Statistics.”

Recent work


Two-Spirit/Native American LGBT People Interactive

Two-Spirit/Native American LGBT People

This interactive map of the United States highlights Native American tribes' historical terms for two-spirit people, which refers to the historical and current indigenous people whose individual spirits are a blend of female and male spirits.

Aaron Ridings

A Blending American Youth Interactive

A Blending American Youth

Decades of immigration have altered the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States, and it is today’s children who will be the vanguards of this new, diverse America.

Rob Griffin, Ruy Teixeira, William H. Frey

Election Oracle Interactive

Election Oracle

Demographics are not destiny, but they will have a significant effect on America’s political landscape.

Rob Griffin, Ruy Teixeira, William H. Frey

Interactive Map: The Uneven Housing Recovery Interactive

Interactive Map: The Uneven Housing Recovery

The negative equity crisis is a dynamic phenomenon that varies in magnitude and impact over time across different geographic areas.

Michela Zonta, Sarah Edelman, Andrew Lomax

The Countries From Which LGBT People Are Seeking Asylum Interactive

The Countries From Which LGBT People Are Seeking Asylum

Data analysis provides insight into the countries that LGBT asylum seekers come from and their experiences in the asylum process.

Sharita Gruberg, Andrew Lomax

Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal Rules Interactive
 (recusal map)

Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal Rules

A CAP analysis finds that states have failed to strengthen their judicial ethics rules to address the growth in campaign cash.

Billy Corriher, Jake Paiva

Measuring Gun Violence Across the 50 States Interactive
 (Interactive U.S. map)

Measuring Gun Violence Across the 50 States

This interactive map shows a state-by-state survey of 10 measures of gun violence drawn from FBI, ATF, and CDC data. The measures are aggregated to show that states with weak gun laws have higher rates of gun violence, and states with stronger gun laws have lower rates of gun violence.

Emma Shapiro, Charles Posner

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