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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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Framing Racial Equity in Adolescence: Messaging Recommendations for Advocates and Communicators

The purpose of this document is to equip advocates and communicators working in the youth space with more effective shared messaging that can build understanding, change attitudes, and raise...


Communicating About the Social Implications of AI: A FrameWorks Strategic Brief

Artificial intelligence (AI): good or evil?


Communicating about the Social Implications of AI: Research Methods and Sample Composition

Research supplement for 'Communicating About the Social Implications of AI: A FrameWorks Strategic Brief.'


Protected: Menthol Messaging: Findings from an influencer audit

This report is is designed for the benefit of organizations and professionals in the health equity and tobacco control movements. It is not intended for public distribution. We ask that you...


Reframing Transition Age Foster Youth

Introduction The resources in this toolkit are designed to collectively build the understanding and support we need to change the narrative around transition age foster youth. Building public...


Communicating about Intergenerational Urban Poverty and Race in America: Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Recommendations

Emerging and longstanding solutions focused on what each neighborhood needs, crafted in collaboration with the communities that would benefit from those solutions, bring hope and new possibilities...


Changing the Narrative on Public Education

Welcome to Changing the Narrative on Public Education, a communications toolkit designed to help advocates talk more effectively about the current needs and future possibilities of public education.


Making the Case for Equitable and Just Public Education: Core Story of Education Messaging Strategies

The Core Story of Education has been successful in reframing public education, not as something that needs to be dismantled or built anew, but rather as a system with a strong structure and...


FrameWorks Institute’s statement on the Uprisings of Spring 2020

Our country is facing a moment of reckoning. Like so many others, we mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless individuals before them who have had their...

Frame Testing Recommendations

Piecing It Together: A Communications Playbook for Affordable Housing Advocates

How can we lead more productive public conversations about inclusive housing policy, community development, and affordable housing? This playbook helps us reframe.


Integrating Issues: Framing for Racial Equity and Children in Immigrant Families

This report distills the communications challenges facing advocates for progressive immigration policies and outlines framing strategies to address them.

Frame Testing Recommendations

Reframing School Discipline: A Strategic Communications Playbook

This strategic messaging playbook offers guidance. It outlines 12 evidence-based framing strategies that communicators in the education, justice, and civil rights sectors can use to challenge...