Racial Wealth Gap & Reparations

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Racial Wealth

Divide in Seattle

Prosperity Now Report, March 2021

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Written testimony of Japanese

Americans in support of H.R. 40

Tsuru for Solidarity, Feb. 2021

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Ben & Jerry’s CEO asks corporate 

America to join reparations fight

Fast Company, Feb. 2021

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Column: Reparations,

apologies and the absurdity of

‘it happened a long time ago’

San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 2021

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Black and Hispanic Americans

pay twice as much in bank fees

as Whites, survey finds

CNBC, Jan., 2021

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The Black-white wealth gap left

Black households more vulnerable

Brookings Institution, Dec. 2020

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Closing the racial wealth gap

requires heavy, progressive

taxation of wealth

Brookings Institution, Dec. 2020

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Truth and Redistribution

Colorlines, Sept.. 2020

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The racial wealth gap is at the

heart of America’s inequality

MarketWatch, July 2020

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Redlining’s Legacy of Inequality: $212,000 Less Home Equity, Low Homeownership Rates For

Black Families

Redfin, June 2020

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What is Owed

New York Times Magazine, June, 2020

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How to Do Reparations Right

The New York Times, June 2020

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A Cheap, Race-Neutral Way to

Close the Racial Wealth Gap

The Atlantic, June 2020

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One city's reparations program that could offer a blueprint for the nation

The Guardian, Jan. 2020

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Simulating How Progressive Proposals Affect the Racial Wealth Gap

Center for American Progress, Aug. 2019

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Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery. The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail

for Refusing to Leave It.

ProPublica, July 2019

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An exclusive look at Cory Booker’s plan to fight wealth inequality:

give poor kids money

Vox, Oct. 2018

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The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic 2014

The Atlantic, June 2014

Read

Articles

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​Put Philanthropy on the

Front Lines of Racial Justice.

YES!, Nov. 2021

Books

Please buy from a black-owned bookstore (click here for a list), your local independent bookstore, or from the Bookshop link provided.

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The Half Has Never Been

Told: Slavery and the Making

of American Capitalism

Edward E Baptist, 2014

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The Color of Money:

Black Banks and the

Racial Wealth Gap

Mehrsa Baradaran, 2019

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The Price for Their

Pound of Flesh . . .

Daina Ramey Berry, 2017

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The Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth

in the Coastal South

Andrew W Kahrl2016

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When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in 20th Century America

Ira Katznelson2006

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The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from

Identity Politics

George Lipsitz, 2018

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The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Heather McGhee, 2021

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From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

A. Kirsten Mullen & William A. Darity,   2020

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein, 2017

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The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality

Thomas M Shapiro, 2005

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The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit - Update

Thomas J. Sugrue, 2014

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Race for Profit: How

Banks & the Real Estate

Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, 2019

Watch

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Why is We Americans

Amiri Baraka (4.5 min.)

Listen

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Into America

Into Reparations with

Nikole Hannah-Jones (24 min.)

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Knowledge at Wharton

How Diverse Boards Can Help

Close the Wealth Gap (52 min.)

Other Resources

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Action Center on

Race and the Economy

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Decolonizing

Wealth Project

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Descendants Truth & Reconciliation Foundation

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Disparities in Wealth

by Race and Ethnicity

2019 Survey of Consumer Finances

The Federal Reserve

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Mayors for a

Guaranteed Income

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National African

American Reparations

Commission (NAARC)

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Opportunity

Insights

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Research Report

Closing the Gaps: Building Black Wealth through Homeownership

Urban Institute

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Southern Reparations

Loan Fund

"It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.