A Revival of Black Business, and Pride, in Brooklyn
Economists have a less sunny view of the trend toward more black-owned businesses. Black workers have been harder hit by public-sector cutbacks, said Darrick Hamilton, a professor of economics and urban policy at the New School. “Add to that the biases against hiring blacks in the private sector, and the question becomes: Is it a choice to start a black-owned business, or is it blacks being pushed into limited labor choices?” Asked to explain the tilt of women in black-owned businesses, Mr. Hamilton was similarly blunt: “Black men are busy being incarcerated or, even if they get out, marked by it.”
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