The link between structural racism, the coronavirus recession, and economic inequality: Weak institutions

The voices of protesters on the streets of cities and towns across the United States over the past few weeks reverberate a message Black Americans have spoken out about for generations: They cannot trust and have never been able to trust government to act on their behalf, whether it’s addressing police and state-sponsored violence, a deadly disease, economic inequality, or the day-to-day racism that presses on them throughout their lives. In short, our public institutions have failed Black Americans.

I’m president & CEO and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

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