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Essence: National Urban League Examines Racial Wealth Gap Due To Voter Suppression Through ‘State of Black America’ Conference

Essence, April 13, 2022, National Urban League Examines Racial Wealth Gap Due To Voter Suppression Through ‘State of Black America’ Conference

To mark the release of their 2022 State of Black America® report, “Under Siege: The Plot to Destroy Democracy, on April 12 the National Urban League (NUL) convened the nation’s foremost political, media and civic engagement minds to discuss the devastating effects of voter suppression. During the virtual event, “call-to-arms,” discussions took place, with participants that included MSNBC’s Tiffany D. Cross, Al Sharpton and Marc C. Morial, NUL’s CEO and president among others.

Using data and analysis from research partner, The Brennan Center for Justice, this year’s edition of The State of Black America exposes the four main tactics employed in the plot: gerrymandering, voter suppression, misinformation, and intimidation.

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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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