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Racism, sexism, homophobia and other oppressions are baked into our systems and our country

These otherings create fast tracks to wellbeing for some and dramatically reduce access for others. We see examples of the impacts of this everywhere – to name just a few:

The U.S. should be a country where everyone has a fair shot at opportunity, and to thrive

But let’s be real: that’s not the case. A lot of what we all think is helping may be making things worse. And cutting off people’s access to wellbeing is a core driver of inequity, deepening cycles of poverty, violence, trauma and oppression.

How do our systems lock in cycles of harm and deny everyone a fair shot? Watch this video to learn more:

What Full Frame Initiative (FFI) believes

Ending racism and advancing equity depend on increasing access to wellbeing. But because inequities are baked into our systems, it’s easier for some people to have access to wellbeing than others due to things like race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability status, or other marginalized identities.

These differences in access to wellbeing create differences in experiences and outcomes — and this continues to perpetuate systemic inequities.

Racism is a key part of what keeps inequity alive in America. But ending racism and other forms of oppression requires a broad and deep recognition that we all have a universal right to wellbeing, and we all deserve a fair shot at it, too.

To begin changing things we must start with the recognition that the system is rigged.

The solution isn’t just to create more programs for people harmed by these unfair systems. The solution is to reimagine these systems to make our country fairer and more equitable for everyone.

- Katya Fels Smyth, FFI's Founder & CEO

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What would it look like if everyone had a fair shot at wellbeing?

And much, much more. Want to learn the first steps toward making these things happen? Try our Wellbeing Bootcamp for an introduction to how you can change systems with wellbeing at the center.