TechTank: How to Address Issues of Racial Equity and Justice

Darrell West
Monday, July 3, 2023, 12:00 PM

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Systemic inequality remains a pressing issue in our society, affecting various aspects of American life, including housing, education, employment, broadband access, and wealth distribution. Alarming statistics show that one-in-five Black and Hispanic adults report unfair treatment based on race when seeking healthcare. Another report on data from the Federal Reserve shows that African Americans own only a fraction of the median wealth compared to their white counterparts. Recognizing the urgency of addressing these disparities, Brookings is preparing to launch a new Center for Community Uplift (CCU) that aims to foster national conversations and drive meaningful change. 

The Center signifies a significant step forward in the pursuit of racial equity and the dismantling of systemic barriers. Through solution-driven research, policy analysis, and the amplification of grassroots momentum, it aims to address the unique challenges faced by communities across the United States. By engaging in constructive conversations and challenging existing disparities, we can work together to build a future where racial and economic stratification no longer divide our nation. 

On this episode of the TechTank podcast, co-host Darrell M. West engages in an enlightening conversation with Dr. Camille Busette, the interim vice president of Governance Studies and Dr. Andre Perry, a senior fellow in the Metro program and director of the Valuing Black Assets Initiative at Brookings. As project co-leads, these esteemed researchers will share their plans for the new Center and why they believe it will help us address issues of racial equity and justice. Listen to the episode and more from the TechTank podcast on AppleSpotify, or Acast.

Darrell M. West is vice president and director of Governance Studies and holds the Douglas Dillon Chair. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of TechTank. His current research focuses on artificial intelligence, robotics, and the future of work. West is also director of the John Hazen White Manufacturing Initiative.

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