The brief promotes the importance of racial equity in Michigan for the business community. Created in 2015, it first explains the importance of a “high-quality workforce” in order for the state to do well in the “next economy” (p.1). It then notes that 24% of the state’s residents are people of color, and that people of color in the state face racism and other barriers that make it challenging for the state to have “success in the increasingly global economy” (p2). “Unfortunately, the average child of color in Michigan is born into a path of poorer health, lower educational attainment, fewer employment opportunities, and greater involvement with the criminal justice system than the average white child. Given the demographic trends already underway, reducing racial inequities will not only improve life outcomes for those most affected, it will increasingly determine the state’s overall economic performance” (p.1). The brief provides “20 facts about racial and ethnic inequities in Michigan” (p.3) that show the barriers caused by racism. This demographic information includes statistics that reveal racial disparities in the areas of health, employment, and education. It follows these with “estimates of the economic benefits of greater racial equity in Michigan” (p.5). These estimates show the increases in tax revenues and savings due to the reduced use of corrections and other programs that might occur if racial equity was achieved in Michigan.
The brief notes that racial equity should be important for the business community because, “With greater racial equity, disparities in health, educational achievement, incarceration rates, and employment opportunities diminish, improving life outcomes and building a healthier, more productive workforce whose skills better align with future needs… All these positive outcomes will help Michigan attract more people and greater private investment, further improving the state’s growth outlook” (p.2).(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)