Sojourner Truth: Dedrick Asante-Muhammad On The Racial Wealth Divide

Sojourner Truth, June 10, 2021, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad On The Racial Wealth Divide 

The Washington Post is reporting that consumer prices jumped to 5 percent in May of this year. This is the biggest increase since the Great Recession. Meanwhile, activists are drawing to the growing racial wealth gap in the United States, as well as the feminization of poverty. According to the Center for American Progress, the median wealth for white households is $189,000. For Black households, it is $24,100. According to the Poor People’s Campaign, there are over 140 million poor or low wealth people in the United States. At least 73 percent of the poor in the U.S. are women and children. President Biden, in his recent trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the massacre of Black people by white terrorists, announced some measures he hopes will lessen the gap. But the measures have been criticized as insufficient. Our guest is Dedrick Asante-Muhammad with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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