When it comes to social justice issues, many people wonder, “How did we get here?” and why poverty is still occurring and particularly in communities of color.

In August of 2021, Streams of Hope sponsored a Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation with Circle Leaders and Allies from Circles GR, Streams of Hope staff and board members, and participants from Cornerstone Church. The Racial Wealth Gap program was created by Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.  

The Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation is an interactive tool that helps people understand the correlations among racial equity, hunger, poverty and wealth. In the simulation, participants learn how federal policies created structural inequalities—property ownership and education are just two of  many areas affected—and how these policies increased hunger and poverty in communities of color. The desired outcome is that participants, in becoming more aware of structural inequality, can support policies that undo and/or reduce disparities (adapted from www.bread.org). 

Over the next 13 months we will share more about how you can learn more to help dismantle systemic barriers. In the meantime, you can learn more about this simulation tool and Bread for the World at bread.org/library/racial-wealth-gap-learning-simulation