This month the NYTimes Upshot published an article and data visualization piece reporting on a longitudinal study of the economic outcomes for Black men. The data was striking and clear, but there is so much to think about when we are touching on numbers to characterize the experience of Black men, Black women, Black people and all people that I felt it was appropriate to pull this into the show this month. Two previous guests of the show Sam Ashby and Jamaal Green joined me to discuss and reflect. I hope you find our discussion informative and that it adds to your understanding of the many issues this piece pulls into the current conversation about our society. Please read the piece, play with the data tools, and check out the full academic piece from the Equality Opportunity Project.
In this episode I sit down with Jamaal Green. I met Jamaal via the listener community surrounding the Morning Jones Radio Show a few years back. While listening one day Bomani gave a shout out to Jamaal’s pending move to the Rose City for graduate school. Being a Portland transplant myself I went to the twitter machine and extended a welcome to the city offer. Portland is a solid town, but it can be quite the culture shock depending on your history. I figured the least I could do is extend a hand to the brother. Over the years we have connected around our shared interests in cities, black people, public policy and being curious about the world in general. We got into the weeds on a few interesting topics including honesty in relationships, black twitter, and martial arts movies. A few good reads came up in the conversation, which can be found below. Please take the best part for yourself.
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Books We Discussed:
Economic Revitalization - Joan Fitzgerald and Nancy Greenly
Mis-measuring Our Lives: Why GDP Doesn’t Add Up - Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, Jean-Paul Fitoussi
Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For Profit Colleges in the New Economy - Tressie McMillian Cottom
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