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Summary of Terms

Better Business Bureau

Organization that sets standards for marketplace trust and calls out substandard marketplace behavior of businesses and charities.
Source:Better Business Bureau,

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress that regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.
Source:Federal Communications Commission (FCC),

Internalized Racism

The personal conscious acceptance of the dominant society’s racist views, stereotypes and biases of one’s racial or ethnic group.

Source:Rudy Nickens of MODOT and referenced authors,

Missouri Revised Statute 476.803.1

Part 1 of the Statute that was revised in August 2014 to state:“The courts shall appoint qualified interpreters and translators in all legal proceedings in which the non-English speaking person is a party or a witness.” The Commission calls for another revision that seeks to ensure that children have a non-familial first option translator in court.
Source:Missouri General Assembly,

Racial Equity

Framework that promotes actions designed to address historic burdens and present day barriers to equal opportunities through the elimination of systemic racially discriminatory policies and practices.
Source:Rudy Nickens of MODOT and referenced authors,

Racial Healing

The restoration and repair of racialized social and opportunity structures that have caused emotional and physical suffering.
Source:W. K. Kellogg Foundation Board and Executive Council,

Structural Racism

A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time.
Source:Aspen Institute,


A program, organization, or system that:a) Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; b) Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; c) Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and d) Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.
Source:Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),

Unconscious Bias

A rigid belief, positive, or negative, about a group of people that is based on limited evidence; this belief informs and can lead to microaggressions, lack of awareness of privilege, internalized racism, racism, and the belief in colorblindness.
Source:Rudy Nickens of MODOT and referenced authors,

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A Path To Racial Equity Worksheet

Racial Equity is a state in which race no longer predicts outcomes. Achieving Racial Equity is the mission of Forward Through Ferguson. But the 189 calls to action in the Ferguson Commission Report are a reminder that there is no one-step, straight-line path from our current state—where racial disparities exist in almost every set of…

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Opportunity for a New Approach to Public Safety in St. Louis

An open letter to Mayor Lyda Krewson from Rebeccah Bennett and Zachary Boyers, Co-chairs of Forward Through Ferguson, on the public safety opportunity in front of our region. Click here to download a pdf of the open letter. Mayor Krewson, The retirement of Police Chief Sam Dotson represents a new day for public safety in St. Louis….

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