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Race and Recession

Old Criminal Records Are Life Sentences In Job Market

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 2 2009, 8:55PM

This post originally appeared on The Grio. Almost two years ago, Vincent, a slim 46-year-old black man dressed in a plaid shirt, worked as a maintenance technician in Detroit. He had worked for the company for almost three months, but…

Topics: Race and Recession

Cornel West: Obama is for Big Business, Not the Jobless

by Guest Columnist on December 1 2009, 7:44PM

By Todd Johnson This post originally appeared on The Grio. WATCH DR. CORNEL WEST DISCUSS OBAMA AND BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT Educator Cornel West sat down with theGrio to discuss how unemployment is affecting African-Americans. TheGrio asked West about national unemployment…

Topics: Race and Recession

The Food Stamp Belt: Race, Politics And Poverty in The South

by Guest Columnist on December 1 2009, 12:25PM

By Chris Kromm This post originally appeared on Facing South. The New York Times ran an eye-opening story this weekend about the 36 million people in this country who depend on food stamps: With food stamp use at record…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Black Unemployment Crisis: “Social Catastrophe” in the Making

by Michelle Chen on November 25 2009, 11:47PM

The latest employment figures sadly unsurprising: with about 35 percent of black men aged 16 to 24 unemployed, the epidemic of joblessness in Black America encapsulates a nationwide crisis. Although high unemployment and deep racial disparities are nothing new,…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Food Stamp Distribution Rushing to Keep Pace with Rising Poverty Levels

by Guest Columnist on November 10 2009, 3:21PM

By Juell Stewart As America faces the fastest-growing poverty levels since the Great Depression, Democracy Now! reports that the number of families receiving food stamp assistance are on the rise: [N]early half of all US children and 90 percent of…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

How Fair is Recovery in Florida? Tracking Race & Recovery in the Sunshine State

by Yvonne Yen Liu on October 16 2009, 6:30AM

via Joseph Phelan of the Miami Workers Center Last week, over 150 concerned residents of Miami Gardens, Florida gathered with local activists and organizers to share their grievances about the lack of stimulus funding within their community. The evening opened…

Topics: Race and Recession

Seth Wessler on WBAI: Racism Rigged the Economy [AUDIO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 23 2009, 12:59PM

Our own Seth Wessler appeared on WBAI’s Talk Back! with Hugh Hamilton last week. Seth and Hugh discussed racial disparities in the economy, as detailed in ARC’s Race and Recession report from earlier this year. Topics covered by the interview…

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Inequality Has Rigged Our Economy — Time To Change The Rules: Seth Wessler at CommonDreams

by Channing Kennedy on September 2 2009, 3:45PM

The Applied Research Center’s Seth Wessler has an editorial up on CommonDreams.org, detailing how our history of past and present institutional racism laid the rails for an economic disaster that hit communities of color the hardest: That Blacks, Latinos,…

Topics: Race and Recession

We’ll Never Be Post-Racial As Long As the Racial Wealth Gap Persists

by Guest Columnist on August 27 2009, 9:27AM

Click to enlarge image. By Victor Corral There is an enormous racial wealth gap in America. For every dollar of wealth owned by the average white family, the average family of color owns only 16 cents. Wealth, not just…

Topics: Race and Recession

Don’t Call Slowed Job Losses the Beginning of Recovery Just Yet [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on August 7 2009, 3:42PM

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy By Jonathan Yee Today, economists are heralding the promising signs of the beginning of the end of the recession. Job losses for the month of July were at…

Topics: Race and Recession

Reorienting the stimulus

by Michelle Chen on July 10 2009, 3:01PM

The pushback against another stimulus package is in full force, with conservatives arguing that the “failure” of the first stimulus proves that another fiscal boost would be a mistake. Let us turn to the annals of wonkdom to establish…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Rinku Sen at Jack & Jill Politics: Will the Recovery Help People of Color?

by Channing Kennedy on June 10 2009, 3:21PM

Rinku Sen has her first post up at Jack and Jill Politics, and it’s kicked off quite a discussion around the Recovery Act’s addressing (or lack of addressing) of longstanding racial economic disparities. From commenter RiPPA: In these economic…

Topics: Race and Recession

Seth Wessler at HuffPo: GM’s Bankruptcy Hurts People of Color Hardest

by Channing Kennedy on June 4 2009, 12:51PM

Check out ARC researcher Seth Wessler’s excellent new piece at the Huffington Post today, “GM Bankruptcy Hurts People of Color Hardest. Workers Desperately Need EFCA.” Seth lays out how the real losers in GM’s bankruptcy are Detroit’s communities of…

Topics: Colorlines Press, Race and Recession

My Great Recession: Being a Poor Mama During This Economic Downturn

by Guest Columnist on June 2 2009, 5:14PM

We put out a call for stories from young people of color about how people are surviving this recession. After a brief hiatus, “My Great Recession” continues with this submission by Queennandi Xsheba. Want to contribute? It will also…

Topics: Race and Recession

Race and Recession: Radio Interview with Seth Wessler

by Jorge Rivas on June 2 2009, 6:36AM

Our very own Seth Wessler, researcher and author of “Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and How to Change the Rules”, was recently a guest on ‘Voices from the edge.’ The current economic downturn has affected people of…

Topics: Colorlines Press, Race and Recession

Are You Poor? There’ll Be An Extra Charge for That

by Guest Columnist on May 27 2009, 6:03AM

photo credit: Katherine Squier By Andrew Grant-Thomas For those who like their insights about the economics of life in poverty leavened with both data and poignancy, I heartily recommend DeNeen Brown’s “primer” in the May 18th Washington Post (“Poor?…

Topics: Race and Recession

My Great Recession: What’s A B.A. Good for These Days?

by Guest Columnist on May 26 2009, 4:37PM

We put out a call for stories from young people of color about how people are surviving this recession. “My Great Recession” continues with this submission by Pablo Manriquez. Want to contribute? It will also go on the “Race &…

Topics: Race and Recession

Young, Gifted, and Broke

by Yvonne Yen Liu on May 22 2009, 4:02PM

Summer. Hot days finding respite in supermarket freezer aisles. Auditoriums filled with families eagerly awaiting the moment that their beloved child receives their diploma. An arid field awaits this summer’s graduates. It’s hard for anyone to get a job right…

Topics: Race and Recession

My Great Recession: Economic Downturn? When Was It Ever Up?

by Guest Columnist on May 21 2009, 4:16PM

We put out a call for stories from young people of color about how people are surviving this recession. “My Great Recession” continues with this submission by Angel Garcia. Want to contribute? It will also go on the “Race &…

Topics: Race and Recession

My Great Recession: How to Love During a Recession

by Guest Columnist on May 20 2009, 10:18AM

We put out a call for stories from young people of color about how people are surviving this recession. “My Great Recession” continues with this submission by Angel Garcia. Want to contribute? It will also go on the “Race &…

Topics: Race and Recession