Urban poverty and racism do not need to exist. In order to eradicate these forces and create a level playing field for all to succeed in our city, we must work together.
Race Remodeled exists to bring people of different backgrounds, ideologies, and races together to enter into discussions some may normally opt-out of. Race Remodeled is a program of Life Remodeled focused on influencing the regional racial narrative through lessons learned from our Detroit neighborhood revitalization work. By engaging in difficult and uncomfortable discussions in brave, honest and respectful ways, our hope is to create multi-sided transformation while sharing resources and power to help create a truly equitable future.
When it comes to matters of neighborhood revitalization, we’ve found that if you invite two people who are polar opposites on issues of race, religion, or politics to sit down at a table, look each other in the eye, and work it out, nine times out of 10 it isn’t a productive conversation. However, if you invite those same two people to work shoulder-to-shoulder on a project they both agree on, something magical happens. They begin to respect and value one another, which is one of the main reasons why we mobilize 10,000 volunteers every year to beautify 4-square-miles of Detroit in only six days.
Because of our revitalization work that brings together BIPOC and white volunteers, we have a unique population of individuals who are eager to go deeper. Life Remodeled is uniquely qualified to facilitate these conversations because we: