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Rethinking Assets: Are We Ready to Leap Forward?

Insight Center President Anne Price will speak on December 15th for the Haas Institute's Thinking Ahead Speaker Series at the Citizen Engagement Laboratory in Oakland, CA.  

The Thinking Ahead series is dedicated to bringing together activists, researchers, and academics to learn from each other so that we can begin to imagine how we can create progress.

Her presentation, "Rethinking Assets: Are We Ready to Leap Forward?" will showcase Insight's big ideas to tackle inequality and put an end to racial economic exclusion to ultimately create lasting change for all generations.

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Hidden Truths

Unearthing the Root Causes of Economic Inequality

Have you read the second Story in our new Hidden Truths series?

Click here to read about Shanya Hayes, a junior at Charles Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. She shared her research on colorism and what she’s learned and experienced as a young Black woman and scholar working toward her future.

For further context, click here to read a study from the Chicago Journal on skin tone bias and stratification in the Black community.

Insight in the News

Communication is an integral part of Insight's work. We believe that changing the conversation and informing our communities is an essential part of driving real and lasting change. 
The Atlantic published an article titled, "In D.C., White Families Are on Average 81 Times Richer Than Black Ones," which highlights the findings of the recent Insight Center joint publication, The Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital. Insight Center President Anne Price is one of several authors of the report along with collaborators from The Urban InstituteDuke University, and The New School.

“No matter what the geographical context is, black Americans are a low-wealth group,” Darrick Hamilton, a professor at the New School told The Atlantic. “I think the disparities are going to be dramatic wherever we look.”

To read the full article, please click here.

The Time is Now

Dear Friends,

The work of progress is never straightforward and linear. There are untold stops and starts, setbacks, obstacles – so many opportunities to grow disheartened but so many more reasons to push ahead.

American history has shown that whenever we have seen progress among people of color and religious minorities, it has been met with a backlash.

We are facing a new kind of post-Reconstruction era in this country that reflects new racial and ethnic fears, economic anxieties, and a “turning point in white identity” that could shape our nation for years to come.

Urgency takes on new meaning in this climate. The importance of our collective work is as great as ever. We can’t forget that we too arose from past generations that lived through the gains and losses of struggle – for their dignity and basic human and civil rights.  

We won’t be discouraged, dragged into the past, or denied a future of our own making.

We will challenge those who try to divide us. We will walk in a way that the world can see that we are not going back. We will work toward turning dominant fear into our shared empowerment.

We have a vision for America: a society where the ability to take care of your family and to pass on opportunities for the next generation are not pre-determined by where you live, the color of your skin, or the social status and historical advantages of your ancestors.

Our vision is noble, and our work is vital, just, and dignified.

Prior to Election Day, we embarked on a path of exposing the hidden truths that form the scaffolding of an unjust society – unearthing the roots of social and governmental structures that have been infused with bias and discrimination based on race, class, and gender.

We are now called to expose not only historical truths that continue to inflict harm, but to shine a light on systems of discrimination as they are being built anew, to prevent the formation of new and added structures that would damage this and future generations.

Economic inequality remains the central issue of our generation, and we, as a society, must take a hard and honest look at how inequities intersect along lines of race and class. And we must do this with an eye toward the constructive, rather than destructive. True opportunity – true greatness – is built through inclusion and empowerment, not exclusion and marginalization.

This moment calls out to us. Now more than ever, we push ahead with urgency and clarity of purpose to expose the intolerance and hate that would corrupt our social structures and perpetuate the inequitable systems that assign privilege to some communities while undermining others. Only our vigilance, our courage in the face of ugliness and hate, can build a better future for all American families.

Please read on for updates about our newest initiatives, opportunities to engage, and free tools and resources that we hope you will use in service to your communities.   

With enduring gratitude,

Anne Price


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Insight Center Joint Publication

The Color of Wealth in the Nation's Capital

Earlier this month, The Urban InstituteDuke UniversityThe New School, and Insight Center for Community Economic Development released a new report on the racial wealth gap in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

This study paints a picture of the wealth in area households by race, ethnicity, and country of origin. The report also examines the historic events and structural barriers that influenced the racial wealth gap and explores the implications for gentrification in Washington, D.C.

Click here to view and download the full report. 

Several media outlets reported on the release of The Color of Wealth in Our Nation's Capital. Click the links below to view the full articles:

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