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  • The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap | Mehrsa Baradaran

    The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mehrsa Baradaran
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
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    When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, the black community owned less than one percent of the United States' total wealth. More than 150 years later, that number has barely budged. The Color of Money pursues the persistence of this racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the black community: black banks. The catch-22 of black banking is that the very institutions needed to help communities escape the deep poverty caused by discrimination and segregation inevitably became victims of that same poverty.

    Darwin8u says: "Both a Bridge and a Battle Cry"
  • How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy | Mehrsa Baradaran

    How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mehrsa Baradaran
    • Narrated By Priya Ayyar
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    The United States has two separate banking systems today - one serving the well-to-do and another exploiting everyone else. How the Other Half Banks contributes to the growing conversation on American inequality by highlighting one of its prime causes: unequal credit. Mehrsa Baradaran examines how a significant portion of the population, deserted by banks, is forced to wander through a Wild West of payday lenders and check-cashing services to cover emergency expenses and pay for necessities - all thanks to deregulation that began in the 1970s.

    Darwin8u says: "The Borrowers at the Fringe"
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