Hard Truths

If you’re white or rich, it’s easy to believe that racism is something that ended years ago. But the hard truth is: That’s not supported by facts. Our society, institutions and culture are still filled with barriers that shut out people because of the color of their skin, the origins of where they were born and other factors they can’t control. Axios Hard Truths is a year-long project to go deeper and explain how race and inequality holds us back.
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Criminal justice
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Sports

Sports
We think of sports as the great equalizer. But from youth sports to the professional world, glaring inequities, often along racial lines, mirror our society.
The Hard Truth of Sports

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A conversation on systemic racism in sports

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Hard Truths: The Iroquois' fight for the Olympics

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Our commitment to growth in underserved communities

The Capital One Impact Initiative is supporting socioeconomic mobility through a $200 million, five-year commitment to closing gaps in equity and opportunity.

Read about our focus on creating a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper.

Politics and influence

Politics and influence
America is more racially and ethnically diverse. But structural barriers keep people of color from gaining the political power that reflects their numbers.
Politics and influence in America

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A conversation on the Hard Truth of Political Power and Influence

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The Hard Truth of Power in Congress

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Our commitment to growth in underserved communities

The Capital One Impact Initiative is supporting socioeconomic mobility through a $200 million, five-year commitment to closing gaps in equity and opportunity.

Read about our focus on creating a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper.

Housing

Housing
Homeownership is key to personal wealth. But segregation promoted by government, banks and the real estate industry persists today in access to homeownership.
Race and Housing in America

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A conversation on America's housing inequities

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The Hard Truth of housing

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Our commitment to growth in underserved communities

The Capital One Impact Initiative is supporting socioeconomic mobility through a $200 million, five-year commitment to closing gaps in equity and opportunity.

Read about our focus on creating a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper.

Education

Education
Education is viewed as America’s great equalizer. But our segregated past supports barriers to quality education today.
Education in America

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A conversation on America's education inequities

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The Hard Truth about school police

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Our commitment to growth in underserved communities

The Capital One Impact Initiative is supporting socioeconomic mobility through a $200 million, five-year commitment to closing gaps in equity and opportunity.

Read about our focus on creating a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper.

Voting

Voting
Americans believe that all citizens have equal access to our fundamental democratic right: voting. But the fact is racial politics still suppress votes.
Race and voting in America

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A conversation on America's voting barriers

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The hard truth of voter suppression

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Our commitment to growth in underserved communities

The Capital One Impact Initiative is supporting socioeconomic mobility through a $200 million, five-year commitment to closing gaps in equity and opportunity.

Read about our focus on creating a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper.

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