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One of the core principles of our professional planning practice is to plan for “the public interest.” While planners talk about equity, diversity, and social justice in theory and practice, the reality is that the dominating colonial, Eurocentric planning system is historically structured on the preservation of privileges and entitlements for white people over Black, Indigenous, and other racialized peoples and from which unconscious biases have evolved.
As a profession, planning has failed to address how discriminatory systemic actions and decisions negatively impact the Black community and marginalized groups, and how the consequences of these actions and decisions impact society as a whole.
OPPI is aware that the planning profession is being called to acknowledge the importance of Black perspectives and experiences in planning. This calls us to engage Black voices to help alter dominant planning and decision-making processes and practices. OPPI recognizes its responsibility to ensure it enables and supports its members in these efforts.
OPPI's Anti-Black Racism in Planning Task Force will develop a strategy and recommendations to remove systemic barriers in planning practice that discriminate against Black communities and disproportionately limit employment opportunities and representation for Black planners in the planning profession.
All members are encouraged to volunteer as OPPI seeks a diversity of perspectives and experiences to move this work forward.