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was asked how thestimulus would aect Blackhomeowners who had sueredso much rom the mortgagecrisis. His response—thesecommunities had been dis-proportionately hit and wouldreceive a disproportionateamount o relie—was betterthan it could have been, yetnot what it should have been.On the plus side, the President acknowledged that therewas a special case here. But he also gave the impressionthat sending temporary relie to Black amilies would bringabout their recovery. He didn’t mention the need to preventthe targeting o communities o color in the rst place. Norwhat made Black amilies so vulnerable to exploitation. Northe real length o time it will take to rebuild their lost wealth.In a deeply racialized housing industry, this “rising tide”approach is too general to drive a ully inclusive recovery, apoint we make in our new report on
Race and Recession
.Every day, I conront the societal inertia that prevents usrom getting to the targeted changes we need to guaranteeeconomic recovery or 100 percent o U.S. residents. Inbusiness, government or media, we’ve ound endless waysto replace a straightorward race analysis with proxies andeuphemisms (disadvantaged communities, low-income ami-lies, vulnerable populations). As a result, we’ve replaced thevision o racial justice with some vague nautical image, andwe never have to deal directly with race and how it shapesour economy. Addressing diversity is the best the countryhas been able to do.I’m not opposed to equal representation. It’s pretty hardto get to justice without it. But right now, we have thecollective brains, money and charismatic political leader-ship to go ar beyond representation to actual
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continue to be rec-ognized or infuential and impactul racial justicework. Applied Research Center President RinkuSen has recently been selected as a “Prime Mover”by the Hunt Alternatives Fund. This multi-yearellowship supports the proessional developmento social justice leaders across the nation.
The Accidental American
(by Rinku Sen withFekkak Mamdouh) has recently been eaturedby the New York City-based Progressive Book Club,which ocuses on raising awareness o breakthroughprogressive causes.The book reshapesthe current discourseon U.S. immigrationissues, and has wonnumerous recognitionsincluding
Magazine’s Book othe Year (nalist), theIndependent BookPublishers Award(bronze medalist) andthe Nautilus BookAward (silver medalist).
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In PercIval everett’s novel
, Theloni-ous Ellison is a college professor who writes novelsthat are more praised than read. His work’s engage-ment with French post-structuralists and ancientGreek literature impresses and baffles reviewers,who wonder what those subjects have to do withthe African-American experience. Frustrated by hislatest novel’s seventh rejection and angered by thesuccess of the street-lit hit
We’s Lives in Da Ghetto
,Ellison dashes off a novella parodying the “true, grittyreal stories of [B]lack life” that he has been advisedto write. This satiric tale, which is included in
in its entirety, is peopled with stock characters likethe perennially scowling thug and the vapid babymama. It is sent to Random House as a protest, butto Ellison’s amazement and chagrin he is offered a$600,000 advance for his “magnificently raw andhonest” account. Compromised, disgusted and rich,Ellison creates a reclusive, ex-con writer persona thatthe literary world celebrates as a “real! live! scary!Black male!” writer in their midst.
By Almah LaVon Rice
ARC is happyto report that a
storyby Almah LaVonRice won aNational EthnicMedia Award.“The Rise oStreet Literature”won best story inthe Arts, Sports& Entertainmentcategory.
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