In the Red: the US Failure to Deliver on a Promise of Racial Equality

A visualization exploring racial inequality in delivering the SDGs in the US

On average white communities receive resources and services at a rate 3 times higher than the least served racial group in the US.

See how states deliver the SDGs differently by race by selecting ‘Interactive Map’ from the navigation bar above. Scroll down to learn about key examples of racial inequality in SDGs outcomes.

Featured Indicators

Child poverty

One of the areas with the worst performance across racial groups is for children living under 200% of the poverty line. Even for the best served racial communities in the highest performing state, 15% of children are in poverty. Black and Hispanic children are most often left behind, and have poverty rates approximately 2 to 4 times higher than white children. Click below to see how your state performs on the map.


White communities are more likely to have access to jobs than other racial communities. The graph shows how white communities (brown squares) are clustered to the right of the graph, indicating higher employment, while Indigenous and Black communities are clustered on the left of the graph, indicating lower employment. Click the button below to explore the racial breakdowns on a map.


Incarceration rates in the US are amongst the highest in the world. Even in the best performing state (Hawai'i), Black incarceration rates are higher than the average of the 5 worst OECD countries’ incarceration rates. See how states perform on incarceration by clicking the box below.