[08.10.16] PushBlack Now

1. It Takes 228 Years for a Black Family to Build the Wealth of a White Family. [via The Nation]

A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the Corporation For Economic Development (CFED) revealed that it would take the average Black family 228 years to accumulate the same amount of wealth as the average white family.

“It took 400 years of slavery, segregation, and institutionalized discrimination in the labor and housing markets to build the wealth gap that we see today.”

Current policies also continue to widen this gap, as government sponsored wealth-building activities usually benefit those with money already.

In order to address the racial and gender wealth gap, Professor William Darity, Jr. envisions a program of reparations for poor communities of color.

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2. Ibtihaj Muhammad is the First American Athlete to Compete in a Hijab During the Olympics. [via Blavity]

Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Black woman, made history this Olympics by becoming the first American athlete to compete in a hijab.

“This has been a beautiful experience for me. I know that this was written for me, the chips fell where they did, and I feel proud to represent Team U.S.A. even in defeat.”
While this is a significant milestone, it also important to recognize all the other American women athletes who were denied the right compete in their hijab.

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3. There’s Been 702 Shootings By Chicago Police Yet Zero Federal Civil Rights Charges Have Been Filed. [via Chicago Tribune]

In the past 15 years, Chicago police have killed 215 citizens and have shot 702. However, none of these cases have led to federal civil rights charges.

“We have a crisis in policing,” he said. “Up until recently, the federal government did not meaningfully commit to its role of holding police accountable.”

-Jonathan Smith, former section chief in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division
It is a shame that the federal government has failed to protect its most vulnerable citizens. Here at PushBlack, we are thankful to the thousands of Black Lives Matter activists who have brought issues of police brutality and institutionalized racism to the forefront of public dialogue.


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