Perhaps recognizing the issues related to racial-threat anxiety and addressing the economic anxieties of poor white people could create a political herd mentality.
All business owners are problem-solvers, and Black business owners are no different.
While folks might get an A for effort, the results of diversity and inclusion initiatives have been a failure benefitting almost everyone except Blacks.
We know everyone has implicit bias—which raises the challenge of figuring out how to manage it in order to arrive at bias-free decisions.
Progress is fragile, elusive and agonizing in its distance, and many aspects of police reform remain unfinished.
We also know that, in the aggregate, congressional districts with higher Black populations received less PPP funding than congressional districts with lower Black populations.
State officials are just as responsible as local government for the development of systemic racism in Indianapolis over time.
Dr. Woody Myers faces an uphill battle, but I think Hoosiers will appreciate the option for change—maybe small businesses might even benefit from some progress Myers could bring. We can already see potential contrasts.
It is too hard being black in this city, and black people are tired.
While family wealth grew for white, black and Latino families from 2013 to 2016, the gaps grew as well.
We know the economy is sick now—but it’s been unhealthy for large segments of the community even in good times.
The idea that a place can be more than its problems both is compelling and does not surrender concerns about injustices, real or perceived.
Societies are judged ultimately by how they treat the most vulnerable among them.
These school leaders cower in townships hoping no one calls them out.
Last year, 103 black males were murdered in Indianapolis.
The black community has been a sizable population in this city for much of its early development through the 19th and 20th centuries, while the Latinx community and Asian communities are relatively smaller and newer.
A politician can’t stop the black community’s efforts at helping itself—a partner in city hall only helps.
The inconvenient truth is that, for much of the 20th century, there were formal and informal race-based policies meant to control or diminish black Indianapolis. These policies affected where we could live, who could have certain public contracts, and even the education of black children.
I find some irony in the naming of the Red Line giving the legacy of redlining in the black community.
There is a limit to what government can do, should do and, unfortunately, will do.