Five Facts about Affirmative Action

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The Trump administration’s decision to investigate affirmative action as a vehicle of reverse racism demonstrates, at best, the sheer lack of understanding the current administration has of the realities of race- and gender-based policies in this country. At its worst, it is a deliberate ploy to undermine the potential human capital of historically marginalized groups. […]

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Capital Crisis: Minority Businesses and Access to Credit

Entrepreneurship is a crucial to closing the racial wealth gap. Yet, Experian Data’s recent study on minority businesses shows that although the number of minority businesses is growing, they tend to fail. Why? Minority entrepreneurs are facing a capital crisis. Twenty-one percent of all small business owners are minorities, and industry professionals are beginning to […]

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National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the Use of Deadly Force

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National Gun Violence Day is upon us, and it’s a poignant time to recall that gun violence touches all Americans, regardless of race, class, or gender. Every day, 93 people die from gun violence; more than half are teenagers and children. These numbers are so alarming that public health officials have long pushed for gun […]

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Wealth Disparity is Rooted in a History of Racism, Bad Politics and Socio-Economic Barriers

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In a recent article that I co-authored with Dr. William “Sandy” Darity, Jr., we contest the framing of wealth disparity that focuses on the poor financial choices and decision-making on the part of, largely, black, Latino, and poor borrowers. This directional emphasis is wrong. Meager economic circumstances – not poor decision making or deficient knowledge […]

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