Dedrick Asante-Muhammad

Reparations Can Help Bridge The Racial Wealth Divide

Ever since the abolition of slavery more than 150 years ago, African Americans have been suffering from oppressive structures that uphold poverty. These enduring systems have resulted in the income and wealth disparities between Black and White communities we see today

Small business lending and the racial wealth divide

There is growing recognition that wealth is a central indicator of the economic well-being and stability of households and that such low levels of wealth among blacks and Hispanics are a significant indicator of continuing deep racial economic inequality.  

Tests show inferior treatment of minority business owners at banks, and data shows a steep decline in government-backed lending to black entrepreneurs

Better-qualified black and Hispanic testers who shopped for small business loans at Los Angeles area bank branches were treated worse than less qualified white testers, a new study found. The study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), also found steep declines in government-backed lending to black business owners between 2008 and 2016.

New report details policy proposals to bridge the racial wealth divide

The racial wealth divide is greater today than it was nearly four decades ago and trends point to its continued widening. A new report, “Ten Solutions to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide,” released by the Institute for Policy Studies and Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, takes stock of the problem and offers ten bold solutions.