Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery. It’s been 155 years since June 19, 1865, but Black people still aren’t free. Black people are still demanding equal rights, equal treatment, and full access to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Whether it's coronavirus, the racial wealth gap, or the killing of Black people at the hands of law enforcement, the call to action on this Juneteenth must be focused on structural reform. This pandemic has not only highlighted structural problems in our health care and economic systems, it has exacerbated racial and ethnic disparities that have long been pushed aside. The recent killings of Black people has done the same—further showcasing the need to focus on the criminal justice system as a whole instead of focusing on bad apples. To effectively remove systematic racism, we must be unafraid to change our country’s economic, social, and civic intuitions.The following products highlight some of our work focused on these issues and on structural reform.

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Valuing Black Women’s Work Article
A woman completes rounds of assessments during the fourth and final day of a weeklong job training program at a college in Omaha, Nebraska, May 2018. (Getty/The Washington Post/Jahi Chikwendiu)

Valuing Black Women’s Work

Persistent pay disparities demand intentional, concrete policy solutions to combat bias and systemic barriers in order to expand opportunities for black women.

Jocelyn Frye

Mass Incarceration, Stress, and Black Infant Mortality Report

Mass Incarceration, Stress, and Black Infant Mortality

The system of mass incarceration is perhaps the clearest manifestation of structural racism in the United States—with particularly damaging effects for black women and infants.

Connor Maxwell, Danyelle Solomon

Maternal Mortality and the Devaluation of Black Motherhood Article
A mom of two elementary school children living in Greensboro, North Carolina, October 2016. (Getty/Jerry Wolford)

Maternal Mortality and the Devaluation of Black Motherhood

Both black mothers and women have long been devalued in American society, and racism must be acknowledged and confronted in the effort to reduce black maternal mortality.

Jamila Taylor

America’s Sordid Legacy on Race and Disaster Recovery Article
A mother holds her baby as her husband works to reconstruct their home destroyed by Hurricane Maria in San Isidro, Puerto Rico, on December 23, 2017. (Mario Tama/Getty)

America’s Sordid Legacy on Race and Disaster Recovery

The United States has a failing record on responsiveness to communities of color following natural disasters—a record that has only worsened under the Trump administration.

Connor Maxwell

Systematic Inequality Report

Systematic Inequality

The already large racial wealth gap between white and black American households grew even wider after the Great Recession. Targeted policies are necessary to reverse this deepening divide.

Angela Hanks, Danyelle Solomon, Christian E. Weller

Suppression: A Common Thread in American Democracy Article
A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed from Lee Circle Friday, May 2017. (AP/Scott Threlkeld)

Suppression: A Common Thread in American Democracy

Mayor Landrieu speaks honestly about the consequences of ignoring race in our nation’s history as he removes Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

Danyelle Solomon