Structural Racism in St. Petersburg

Structural Racism in St. Petersburg

Strucutral Racism

The purpose of the project is to examine both the historical and modern-day impact that structural racism has had on the lives of Black people in the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. The examination and identification of the factors of structural racism that specifically impact Black residents and communities in St. Petersburg as they relate to education, the criminal-legal system, and economic development within St. Petersburg will be evaluated. The outcome of the study is to:

  1. Provide a historical overview and current data trends that illustrate how structural racism affects the various aforementioned aspects of Black lives and communities in the City of St Petersburg and impacts individual and public health;
  2. Provide recommendations for policies and practices that may help to dismantle structural racism in the City;
  3. Identify additional facets of structural racism impacting the Black residents and communities in St. Petersburg that need further research, documentation and funding.

Thus, the study will examine the impact of structural racism on Black life in St. Pete from the arrival of John Donaldson in 1868 to the present. The study will include an action plan for changes in narrative, policy, and institutional practices to end structural racism and a recommendation on the development of a commission to own the action plan.


Community Conversations with the African American Heritage Association

Structural Racism Study Presentation 

USF Researchers Spearhead Study to Identify, Address Systemic Racism

Racism study authors talk highlighting the past and making suggestions for the future

Jan 18, 2022 - On this week’s Florida Matters, we talk to Dr. Ruthmae Sears and Gwen Reese, two authors of a recently released study on structural racism in St. Petersburg’s past and present. Click here to listen to the full story.

Historical and modern-day impact of structural racism in the City of St. Petersburg, Florida

Community Conversation: Supporting Racial Equity in St. Petersburg Florida

USF partners with St. Petersburg to identify systemic racism throughout the city

USF researchers to present structural racism findings in St. Pete