The African American Policy Forum is one of the leading organizations in the field of race and gender equality. More than exposing the issues at stake, AAPF founders and staff spend a lot of time thinking, creating, and testing new visuals, metaphors, and tools that will help the general audience to understand what affirmative action really is and why it is so important.
For instance, AAPF’s track metaphor has helped many to think about the barriers people of color face, which are a product of policy choices as well as old and contemporary practices that benefit only a few individuals within a particular group. Assessing these structural barriers is one huge step towards a new understanding of affirmative action policies. Our track metaphor allows our audience to visually see that if these policies are created in order to remove obstacles, then they are not preferences. In fact, the existence of such policies is crucial to leveling the playing field and creating more equal opportunities.