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How mortgage algorithms perpetuate racial disparity in home lending

Aug 25, 2021
A new investigation finds that people of color are more likely to have their mortgage applications rejected than comparable white applicants.
A new investigation finds that people of color are more likely have their mortgage applications rejected than similar white applicants.
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Closing racial wage gap could lift 2 million Black Americans into middle class, study finds

Jun 28, 2021
A new McKinsey report details the sweeping economic disparities Black Americans face.
A new report from McKinsey says Black Americans are underrepresented in occupations like doctor that are traditional pathways to the middle class.
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Black executives say corporations "must take a stand" against restrictive voting laws

Apr 2, 2021
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck, and Kenneth Chenault, former CEO of American Express.
Election Day 2020 in Atlanta. Republican officials in Georgia recently passed legislation to limit voting, and many other states are considering new restrictions.
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The Pivot Point

Jul 31, 2020
What technology will help us transition to a post-pandemic future?
Dr. Paul McKay, who is working on an vaccine for COVID-19, looks at bacteria containing the coronavirus' DNA fragments at Imperial College School of Medicine in London on Feb. 10.
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Thousands of workers are walking off the job to "Strike for Black Lives"

Jul 20, 2020
Among the demands are better treatment of employees of color, a $15 minimum wage and more personal protective equipment.
Organizers say the pandemic has worsened socioeconomic inequalities, and they want corporations and politicians to do more to address the problem.
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Washington's NFL team is dropping its name and logo

Jul 13, 2020
There was a financial imperative for the name change, as sponsors and retailers threatened to pull their money and stop selling team merchandise.
After pressures from sponsors and retailers, the NFL franchise is changing its name.
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The complicated history of McDonald's and Black America

Jul 6, 2020
Author Marcia Chatelain examines the fast-food chain's relationship with its Black franchisees and consumers.
Black Lives Matter protesters march past a Philadelphia McDonald's restaurant.
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How does race fit into intro econ courses?

Jun 25, 2020
Gary Hoover of the University of Oklahoma said talking about race in Econ 101 would help increase diversity in the field.
"What we expect in economics is that everyone will be ... rational," says economist Gary Hoover. Above, students at a university in Germany.
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Young people see transformational change as the best way forward

Majorities of young people, independent of race, perceive problems with systemic racism and systemic discrimination, according to the GenForward survey.
"We have an understanding of systemic racism and policing, political alienation and economic precarity that exists among millennials and Gen-Zers," Cathy Cohen said.
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An updated Community Reinvestment Act faces criticism

Jun 18, 2020
Activists are concerned that a new rule could weaken banks' partnerships with their communities.
Activists say that big banks will be able to comply with the CRA by funding projects like roads and bridges.
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