The Black Speculative Arts Movement: Reimagining A Just Economy (Truth, Reconciliation And Reparations)

Just Economy Conference – May 14, 2021


Exploring the role of Black Speculative Arts to reimagine and call forward a just economy. Integrating the processes of truth telling, reconciliation, reparations and reimagining with an AstroBlackness and Afrofuturism Lens. How can we “call” into reality a Just Economy by centering Black Arts Culture?

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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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