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Understanding the implications of structural racism in America’s economy and advancing actions to improve economic outcomes for all

Hosted by
all 12 District Banks of the Federal Reserve System

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Series overview

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.

April Event

RACISM AND THE ECONOMY

Focus on the Economics Profession

Focusing on how racism affects the people and practice of economics and how to improve economics research practices and professional processes to achieve greater diversity, expand avenues of inquiry, and better inform public policy.

“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)

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Stay Updated

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.

Our next event will focus on entrepreneurship (June 2).

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Past events

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

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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

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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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October 7, 2020

Kickoff event

“Racism really has been about the economy and the economy has fueled racism.”
—Angela Glover Blackwell (Policylink), keynote

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In the news

The Racism and the Economy series is a landmark 11-part series that has attracted the attention of national media.

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