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Imara Jones

Imara Jones
imara head shot.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.

How Bad 3rd Grade Math Legitimizes Injustice

How Bad 3rd Grade Math Legitimizes Injustice

by Imara Jones on June 6 2013, 8:54AM

Two months into sequestration, it’s proving a disaster. And the study that justified it still doesn’t add up.

Topics: Economic Justice, Shutdown

It's Not a Housing Boom. It's a Land Grab

It’s Not a Housing Boom. It’s a Land Grab

by Imara Jones on May 30 2013, 7:00AM

This time, the runaway housing market is being fueled by Wall Street’s gobbling up properties. But the results will be just as bad for regular people as it was four years ago.

Topics: Economic Justice

How Foreclosure Undermined Black and Brown Wealth

How Foreclosure Undermined Black and Brown Wealth

by Imara Jones on May 16 2013, 5:14PM

This foreclosure tidal wave is why wealth for blacks and Latinos is at the lowest level ever recorded. Housing is the leading wealth asset for these two communities.

Topics: /NOW

Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety

Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety

by Imara Jones on April 11 2013, 8:19AM

Despite aspirational images in popular media, the community’s real economic profile reveals the cost of perfectly legal job discrimination.

Topics: Economic Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Obama's Budgetary Dance With the Devil

Obama’s Budgetary Dance With the Devil

by Imara Jones on April 5 2013, 1:51PM

The president’s budget negotiations go from bad to worse.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Another Gloomy Jobs Report, as D.C. Budget Battle Bumbles Along

Another Gloomy Jobs Report, as D.C. Budget Battle Bumbles Along

by Imara Jones on April 5 2013, 12:00PM

Another example of the massive gap between reality and the discussion in the Beltway.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

What the U.S. Can Learn From Africa's Booming Economy

What the U.S. Can Learn From Africa’s Booming Economy

by Imara Jones on April 5 2013, 9:51AM

The continent may have entered a new phase in its history. How? By focusing on healthy people and local investment.

Topics: Economic Justice, Global Affairs

Obama Needs 'Courage of His Convictions' on Economic Justice, Too

Obama Needs ‘Courage of His Convictions’ on Economic Justice, Too

by Imara Jones on March 28 2013, 6:00AM

The president officially acquiesced to the GOP’s economic hostage taking this week, again.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

A Tale of Two Economies

A Tale of Two Economies

by Imara Jones on March 20 2013, 8:23AM

Economic cheerleading of late would lead you to believe happy days are here again. Not for everybody.

Topics: Economic Justice

Last Month's Good Job Numbers Still Spell Trouble for Blacks and Latinos

Last Month’s Good Job Numbers Still Spell Trouble for Blacks and Latinos

by Imara Jones on March 8 2013, 10:08AM

Don’t break out the fireworks yet.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

We're Hooked on 'Growth,' But It Doesn't Have to Be This Way

We’re Hooked on ‘Growth,’ But It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

by Imara Jones on March 8 2013, 8:24AM

Three more equitable alternatives to modern capitalism’s self-destructive values.

Topics: Economic Justice

Sequestration and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to End Equity

Sequestration and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to End Equity

by Imara Jones on March 1 2013, 8:46AM

A cruel chaos will unfold as billions of dollars in federal spending are chopped, starting today. But that chaos was always the real goal.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

What's 'Sequestration' Mean in Real Life?

What’s ‘Sequestration’ Mean in Real Life?

by Imara Jones on February 20 2013, 9:50AM

An explanation of the trillion-dollar budget cuts that are set to begin in a matter of days.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

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: Economic Justice, 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, Reparations

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