Colorlines

Imara Jones

Imara Jones
imara_jones.jpg Imara Jones is the Economic Justice contributor for Colorlines.com. He served in the Clinton White House, where he worked on international trade policy, and was an executive at Viacom. Imara has a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia in political science. He's a proud resident of Brooklyn U.S.A.

Follow him on Twitter at @imarajones, and check out his media appearances here.

The Simple Truth: You Can't Have Growth and Austerity at Once

The Simple Truth: You Can’t Have Growth and Austerity at Once

by Imara Jones on February 13 2013, 10:17AM

We’re two weeks away from yet another crop of austerity measures that make the sorts of ideas laid out in President Obama’s State of the Union simply impossible.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown, State of the Union

The State of Obama's Presidency

The State of Obama’s Presidency

by Imara Jones on February 8 2013, 8:57AM

In his annual address to Congress on Tuesday, the president will consider the state of our union. His first assessment must be of himself and his relationship to House Republicans.

Topics: Economy, Politics, State of the Union

What the Treasury Really Needs is People Power, Not Just Jack Lew

What the Treasury Really Needs is People Power, Not Just Jack Lew

by Imara Jones on January 11 2013, 11:05AM

No one can argue that Lew isn’t infinitely qualified for the job. But given Lew’s nomination, we’re not likely to get a Treasury Secretary who fights for everyone’s economic opportunity.

Topics: /NOW

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won't Learn at 'Django'

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won’t Learn at ‘Django’

by Imara Jones on January 9 2013, 10:02AM

Slavery as revenge fantasy is a far cry from the ugly truth: Slavery as the economic engine that created the inequitable world in which we still live.

Topics: 'Django', Economy, History

We're Tumbling Over an Inequity Cliff

We’re Tumbling Over an Inequity Cliff

by Imara Jones on January 3 2013, 9:45AM

This week’s fiscal cliff deal codifies the absurd notion that the super rich and the working poor are the same. In so doing, it prevents us from really fixing our racial caste system.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

We Can't Fix Our Economy Without Confronting White Supremacy

We Can’t Fix Our Economy Without Confronting White Supremacy

by Imara Jones on December 21 2012, 10:06AM

Current fiscal policy has hardened a racial caste system in the U.S. And if we won’t name it, we can’t fix it.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

Never Mind the Fiscal Cliff, the 'Reverse Subsidy' Is the Real Crisis

Never Mind the Fiscal Cliff, the ‘Reverse Subsidy’ Is the Real Crisis

by Imara Jones on December 11 2012, 10:19AM

Imara Jones argues that the core problem with how government taxes and spends is that the poor are actually the ones subsidizing the rich.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

How Bernie Sanders' Tax Plan Can Close the Huge Racial Wealth Gap

How Bernie Sanders’ Tax Plan Can Close the Huge Racial Wealth Gap

by Imara Jones on December 5 2012, 10:02AM

Neither party’s proposal for avoiding the “fiscal cliff” will truly deal with the inequity our tax policy built over the past 30 years. It’s time to listen to the independent senator from Vermont.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

On Race and Taxes, Both Parties Insist Upon Speaking No Evil

On Race and Taxes, Both Parties Insist Upon Speaking No Evil

by Imara Jones on November 30 2012, 9:33AM

The debate over taxes is and has always been a proxy for one about racial inequity. And we’ve never been able to admit it.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

What Hurricane Sandy Should Teach Us About Climate Justice

What Hurricane Sandy Should Teach Us About Climate Justice

by Imara Jones on November 15 2012, 9:24AM

Those who can least bear the brunt of climate change are those feeling its consequences most acutely, both in the U.S. and abroad. But both the “climate gap” and climate change are fixable.

Topics: Economy, Environment

Obama Wins Re-Election--and Faces a Hard, Scary Fiscal Fight

Obama Wins Re-Election—and Faces a Hard, Scary Fiscal Fight

by Imara Jones on November 7 2012, 10:01AM

Without action, a new doomsday for the American economy—and those stuck at its margins—is only seven weeks away.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Second Term

The National Disaster Seen in New York's Income Inequality

The National Disaster Seen in New York’s Income Inequality

by Imara Jones on November 5 2012, 9:28AM

Where we go from here needs to be a major focus of whomever wins tomorrow’s elections.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Bloomberg's Back-to-Work Imperative After Sandy Is the Broader Disaster

Bloomberg’s Back-to-Work Imperative After Sandy Is the Broader Disaster

by Imara Jones on November 2 2012, 9:39AM

You don’t show resilience by insisting on business as usual. You show it by stopping to support everyone in need, so we can all recover. But the billionaire mayor still doesn’t get it.

Topics: Economy

An Empire State of Mind Has Shaped This Election--and Our Lives

An Empire State of Mind Has Shaped This Election—and Our Lives

by Imara Jones on November 1 2012, 9:57AM

The president is in the fight of his political life because he never broke the culture and economy of entitlement on Wall Street. Whomever wins Tuesday, writes Imara Jones, that’s the change we need most desperately.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics, Second Term

Morgan Stanley Hit With Lawsuit for Subprime Discrimination

Morgan Stanley Hit With Lawsuit for Subprime Discrimination

by Imara Jones on October 15 2012, 1:41PM

Finally.

Topics: /NOW

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns--and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns—and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

by Imara Jones on October 12 2012, 9:41AM

After the vice presidential debate, the divide between the candidates on jobs, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security could not be more stark.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Paul Ryan, Politics

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly From September's Jobs Report

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly From September’s Jobs Report

by Imara Jones on October 5 2012, 11:28AM

The overall picture’s looking better, but why hasn’t joblessness become a real election issue?

Topics: /NOW

Politics Aside, There's No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney's Tax Policy

Politics Aside, There’s No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney’s Tax Policy

by Imara Jones on October 4 2012, 9:48AM

Pundits are applauding Romney’s performance in a deeply technical debate. But he revealed a troubling misunderstanding—or misrepresentation—of tax and health policies that keep the country afloat.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

On Sapelo Island, Another Case Study in How Black Exploitation Fuels Wealth

On Sapelo Island, Another Case Study in How Black Exploitation Fuels Wealth

by Imara Jones on October 1 2012, 9:37AM

From Georgia to Brooklyn to sub-Sahran Africa, inequity and exploitive land deals are making a handful of people rich—again. But on Sapelo Island, we can stop it.

Topics: Economy, History, Sapelo Island

Mitt Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

Mitt Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

by Imara Jones on September 18 2012, 2:06PM

Mitt Romney didn’t use the word “black” in his ‘47 Percent’ remarks. He didn’t have to. The nature of his economic smear did it for him.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics