The changing face of America’s families

The Building an Inclusive Community, one neighborhood at a time event on Wednesday was truly an inspirational event. More than 400 people gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Cedar Rapids for a daylong event focused on fair housing, diversity and inclusion. The summit was hosted and organized by the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission. One of the areas I plan to explore next is the changing face of America’s families. As the nation continues to diversify, Iowa’s minority population is growing and the makeup of families is changing, too. An afternoon session on Wednesday titled “Exploring Common Myths of Youth and Families of Color” dispelled six common myths when it comes to families of color. Using statistics, Emily Bowman of Coe College, also a Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commissioner, disproved the following six myths. As I begin to explore how multicultural families are breaking the mold of how we define traditional families, these six myths are definitely worth correcting and letting go of. 1. The economy impacts all families equally.  2. Families of color are not involved in their children’s education 3. Families of color are not involved in their children’s homework 4. Families of color have low academic expectations for their children 5. Most urban and center city teachers and principals are people of color 6. The best route to success is forced assimilation for immigrants Also during the summit, the Civil Rights Commission released its State of Equity in Cedar Rapids report. The report analyzed disproportionality related to education, health and well-being, housing, public safety, poverty and employment. To compile the report, the commission brought together six…