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Racial Justice

Framing racial justice prompts people to think differently, acknowledge the root causes of disparities, and support equity-focused policy.

We can’t get to the America we want without talking about racial equity, structural racism, and racial and ethnic discrimination. But if communications aren’t framed carefully they can reinforce misconceptions about people of color and set back change.

FrameWorks’ research reveals that the widely-held American belief in “rugged individualism” fuels a toxic assumption about personal failings that obscures public policy failings. While this is where many people start, it’s not where they have to stay. Framing can help people see how opportunity and oppression work. Advocates need to explain—not just assert—inequity, lead with shared values, and point to solutions.

Explore how to lead more productive conversations on racial equity.

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Navigating Cultural Mindsets of Race and Place in the United States

The places where we live shape our lives. Structural racism has shaped and continues to shape where and how Americans live.


The Terrain of Spatial Justice

Racism is built into places. It shapes who can live where, how resources are distributed, who gets a say over what happens in places, and more. Places in the United States reflect, perpetuate, and...


Framing Community Safety: Guidance for Effective Communication

Framing Community Safety is a guide for nonprofits, community-based organizations, public agencies, and others who want to communicate more effectively with the public about community-led efforts...


Framing Community Safety: A Messaging Brief

This brief provides short guidance on how to reframe safety within communities when using the terms community safety, public health approach, and social determinants of health and safety.


Where We Thrive: Communicating about Resident-Centered Neighborhood Revitalization

This strategic brief offers guidance—in the form of a comprehensive framing strategy—that community builders can use to share their successes, communicate the challenges they face, and...


Research Methods Supplement – Where We Thrive: Communicating about Resident-Centered Neighborhood Revitalization

A description of research methods and supporting data, offered in supplement to the Where We Thrive Strategic Framing Brief


Where We Thrive: Communicating about Resident-Centered Neighborhood Revitalization

If you want to build support for place-based initiatives and communicate effectively about neighborhood revitalization—and in the process change the public narrative about the root causes of...


Talking About Racism in Child and Family Advocacy

As the field seeks to lead a more public conversation about the impacts of racism on children and families—and about how racism structures the systems that children and families interact...


Advancing Anti-Racist Education

How School Leaders Can Navigate the Moral Panic about “Critical Race Theory”


Journey to Success Campaign: Quick Messaging Guide

Six key messages and framing tips for each of the Journey to Success campaign's policy goals.


Advocating for Transition Age Foster Youth: Framing for the Journey to Success Campaign

Strategic brief on Framing for the Journey to Success Campaign


Making History Matter: From Abstract Truth to Critical Engagement

We need a more productive public conversation about our nation’s history.