Understanding the implications of structural racism in America’s economy and advancing actions to improve economic outcomes for all
all 12 District Banks of the Federal Reserve System
Racism forms the foundation of inequality in our society, and it threatens our economy and limits economic opportunity for people of color. All 12 District Banks of the Federal Reserve System are partnering to highlight the implications of racism in the United States and identify solutions.
The Reserve Banks will host a series of virtual events to examine the ways in which structural racism manifests in America and advance actions to dismantle structural racism.
RACISM AND THE ECONOMY
Exploring the potential for entrepreneurship to serve as one pathway to transform economic outcomes for communities of color and the broader economy. Robert E. Weems Jr. of Wichita State University is the keynote speaker.
“As late as the 1960s there were 50 viable African American insurance companies. Today that number is down to two.”
—Robert E. Weems Jr. (Wichita State University), keynote
We will continue the conversation with subsequent live events over the next several months exploring context and actions to address systemic racism in healthcare, criminal justice, and other topics.
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April 13, 2021
Focus on the Economics Profession
“The starting point is to stop looking at the pipeline as the problem here and to all think about what does the institution do and how we can change the institution.”
—William E. Spriggs (Chief Economist, AFL-CIO)
March 1, 2021
Focus on Housing
“A truly equitable market can’t be built upon the kind of corrupted and fragile foundation that has been created by decades of intentional discriminatory disinvestment.”
—Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton University), keynote
January 12, 2021
Focus on Education
“I don't see how we stay a great country if we continue to allow the majority of our children to not be able to get a quality education.”
—Geoffrey Canada (Harlem Children’s Zone), keynote
November 17, 2020
Focus on Employment
“The ever-present legacy of racism and economic inequality continue to impose a needlessly petty burden on the backs of black workers during the COVID-19 crisis.”
—Valerie Wilson (Economic Policy Institute), keynote
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The Racism and the Economy series is a landmark 11-part series that has attracted the attention of national media.