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Leaders work to fight racial disparities in Dane Co.

Report: African Americans are more likely to be unemployed than whites

MADISON, Wis. - Dane County leaders are working to fight racial disparities now more than ever.

On Monday more than a dozen leaders spoke out about supporting an idea that would help increase race equity in the county.

The measure would put together a team of representatives from departments across the county to help look at equity from every angle.

Leaders said racial disparities touch every moment of our lives.

The proposal is in response to a recent equity report that found African Americans are 5.5 percent more likely to be unemployed than whites, and 75 percent of African American children live in poverty compared to 5 percent of white children.

"It is a tale of two cities based on who you are. The city could be an advantage for you, but those that are minority, it is not. It is a disadvantage in so many ways," Dane County Supervisor Sheila Stubbs said.

The plan would help get the root causes of racial inequity over the next one, three and five years through an action plan for the county.

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