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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.

Romney's Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

Romney’s Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

by Imara Jones on September 13 2012, 9:47AM

At their core, Romney’s priorities assert that the few should have more, and that the rest of us should pay for it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Poverty Stuck at Highest Level in Almost Two Decades

Poverty Stuck at Highest Level in Almost Two Decades

by Imara Jones on September 12 2012, 1:42PM

According to Census Bureau data released this morning, after three years of climbing, the nation’s overall poverty rate has plateaued at 15.1 percent.

Topics: /NOW

August Jobs Report Shows Stubbornly High Black and Brown Unemployment

August Jobs Report Shows Stubbornly High Black and Brown Unemployment

by Imara Jones on September 7 2012, 12:14PM

The jobs report only adds to the curiosity of President Obama’s silence on Black and Latino unemployment.

Topics: /NOW

The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy

The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy

by Imara Jones on September 6 2012, 9:50AM

The president has a plan to end the Depression-level unemployment in black and brown communities, thereby reversing the overall jobs picture. He refuses to say that, and it matters.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Jobs Crisis

Romney's Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

Romney’s Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

by Imara Jones on August 30 2012, 9:57AM

Romney doesn’t have enough white support to win. But he knows how to get it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

We're One Natural Disaster Away From Another Recession

We’re One Natural Disaster Away From Another Recession

by Imara Jones on August 28 2012, 10:01AM

Our economy is still gravely fragile, and people of color will weather the worst of the storm.

Topics: /NOW

GOP to America: 'We Built It.' But Who's the We?

GOP to America: ‘We Built It.’ But Who’s the We?

by Imara Jones on August 27 2012, 1:15PM

As the Republican National Convention kicks off this week, the question remains: What’s Romney’s economic plan, and who’s it actually for?

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, /NOW

Wall Street's Africa Land Grab

Wall Street’s Africa Land Grab

by Imara Jones on August 15 2012, 8:05AM

Yet another example of the way in which the financial system thrives off of inequality, both internationally and here at home.

Topics: Economic Justice, Global Affairs

It's Hard to Imagine a Worse Choice for People of Color Than Paul Ryan

It’s Hard to Imagine a Worse Choice for People of Color Than Paul Ryan

by Imara Jones on August 13 2012, 8:31AM

Though abhorrent, Ryan’s ideas are not new. Touted as an attempt to rescue America’s future, they’re ripped right out of America’s past.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Paul Ryan

Individual Choices and Shared Costs: The Case of Protesting Chick-fil-A

Individual Choices and Shared Costs: The Case of Protesting Chick-fil-A

by Imara Jones on August 9 2012, 1:07PM

Two cheeky websites have borrowed from economists’ latest idea on making people feel the true cost of their choices.

Topics: LGBT Pride 2012, /NOW

An Olympic-Sized Income Gap Even Among Our World Class Athletes

An Olympic-Sized Income Gap Even Among Our World Class Athletes

by Imara Jones on August 6 2012, 3:06PM

The division between the 99 percent and the 1 percent extends to the U.S. Olympic team. The United States sent 529 athletes to compete in 25 sports. The gaping income inequality seen in the wider society is stark even amongst…

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Olympics

Why Chick-fil-A Hasn't Reconciled Itself With the Future of America

Why Chick-fil-A Hasn’t Reconciled Itself With the Future of America

by Imara Jones on August 3 2012, 12:00PM

The company president’s LGBT politics are in line with the region where it makes all its money now, but not with where it wants to grow. He should stick to selling chicken.

Topics: Economy, LGBT Pride 2012, /NOW

How Our 'Growth' Obsession Drives Inequity, and May Kill Us All

How Our ‘Growth’ Obsession Drives Inequity, and May Kill Us All

by Imara Jones on July 31 2012, 9:35AM

The problem starts with the very thing we use to measure prosperity: GDP. The seemingly arcane data point is leading us into darkness.

Topics: Economic Justice, Environment

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

by Imara Jones on July 9 2012, 9:38AM

Yes, the president must do much more, but his jobs proposals if fully implemented would have put millions back to work by now—including in hard-hit black communities. The problem is petty politics, not economic policy.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics

How the Supreme Court's 'Obamacare' Ruling May Lock in Racial Inequity

How the Supreme Court’s ‘Obamacare’ Ruling May Lock in Racial Inequity

by Imara Jones on June 29 2012, 9:30AM

Hold the victory celebrations. Yes, the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate, but it set up a scary fight over Medicaid—which is the half of the law that takes on the deep racial inequity burdening our health care system.

Topics: Economic Justice, Economy, Health, Obamacare

Obama Was Right. It's the (Public Sector) Economy, Stupid

Obama Was Right. It’s the (Public Sector) Economy, Stupid

by Imara Jones on June 11 2012, 10:00AM

This weekend, President Obama took a beating for declaring the private sector “fine.” But he was correct. The real jobs crisis is in the public sector, and Obama’s the only one with a plan to fix it. Turns out, that’s also the only real plan to deal with black joblessness.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Jobs Crisis

Is This the Calm Before Another Storm? How the Economy May Get Worse, Fast

Is This the Calm Before Another Storm? How the Economy May Get Worse, Fast

by Imara Jones on June 7 2012, 10:11AM

Greek austerity? Eurozone collapse? What’s this got to do with the financial slog so many communities of color are still facing in the U.S.? For starters, it could make things a lot harder, soon. Imara Jones offers a primer—and preventive steps.

Topics: Economic Justice, Global Affairs, Jobs Crisis

The U.S. Jobs Crisis Summed Up: If You Fail To Plan, You Plan to Fail

The U.S. Jobs Crisis Summed Up: If You Fail To Plan, You Plan to Fail

by Imara Jones on June 1 2012, 10:01AM

Today’s jobs report tells most Americans already what they already know: We’re still mired in joblessness. But Imara Jones argues we should really fear the larger problem: There remains no plan for getting unstuck.

Topics: Economic Justice, Jobs Crisis

Why Cory Booker's Defense of Bain Capital Is So 'Nauseating'

Why Cory Booker’s Defense of Bain Capital Is So ‘Nauseating’

by Imara Jones on May 25 2012, 10:07AM

The Newark mayor’s been a darling of the national press, until this week. Imara Jones explains why Booker’s odd defense of private equity firms hit such a nerve: because they represent the very thing people like Booker are supposed to counter.

Topics: Economic Justice, Politics

The Fed's Bombshell: Our Economy's Dead Until Congress Creates Jobs

The Fed’s Bombshell: Our Economy’s Dead Until Congress Creates Jobs

by Imara Jones on August 12 2011, 9:37AM

After months of debate over the nation’s debt, the central bank’s unprecedented interest rates announcement this week was entirely about the jobs crisis. The subtext was clear: politics, not economics stand in the way of recovery.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Jobs Crisis