Mebane Enterprise: NC Business Council – Black Businesses Matter

Mebane Enterprise, August 14, 2020: NC Business Council – Black Businesses Matter

Black people have long understood that entrepreneurship was the ultimate pathway to economic freedom. It was our escape from the discriminatory workplaces where we were overlooked for promotions, demoted or let go when profits got tight, and ignored and undervalued when earnings were up. It also gave us access to goods and services that were not made available to us from White businesses and organizations.

We clung for dear life to the hope that while America was plagued by racism, somehow capitalism would be colorblind. We fearlessly pursued the idea that if we offered an outstanding product and/or provided superior service, we could achieve the American dream.

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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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