New Narratives, Bold Ideas: A Conversation on Race and Inequality with Economist Darrick Hamilton

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"The narrative [of rugged individualism], which has found new life in recent election debates, is deeply problematic because it fundamentally ignores the ways in which powerful government systems have embedded opportunity into certain communities, and systematically denied it to others. Unpacking the causes and consequences of these systems — health care, taxes, finance, criminal justice, and others — on racial and economic inequality in the United States is at the heart of Darrick Hamilton’s life’s work. An associate professor of economics and urban policy at The New School, current president of the National Economic Association (formerly Caucus of Black Economists), and Faculty Affiliate with the Cook Center, Hamilton spoke with America’s Tomorrow about the power of narrative in today’s racial politics and the bold, scalable reforms he believes are necessary to address America’s legacy of inequality and disinvestment."

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