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Panel: Pandemic and protests laid economic injustices bare

Laura Chichisan/College of Arts and Sciences Tracy Jan, reporter for the Washington Post (bottom left), moderates the April 27 webinar “Racism in America: Economy” with Cornell faculty panelists, from top left, Lawrence Glickman, the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History; Erica Groshen, senior economics advisor in the ILR Labor Dynamics Institute; Riché Richardson, associate professor of Africana studies; and Tejasvi Nagaraja, assistant professor of history in the ILR School. As the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests rocked American society, Washington Post reporter Tracy Jan and her colleagues spent months reporting on systemic racism through the life of George Floyd, a Black man killed in police custody in May 2020.

“We examined the role racism played in housing, education, health and the criminal justice system, denying Floyd economic opportunity at every turn,” said Jan, moderating the webinar “ Racism in America: Economy ” hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) in partnership with the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) on April 27.

Four Cornell faculty members from A&S and the ILR School discussed the ways racism shapes economic policies, and how economic policies shape inequality in America – historically and […]

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