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.

Race and Voting: The path forward

Race and Voting: The path forward
The first installment of the next phase of our Hard Truths series explores what's being tried to solve the problems of race and elections.
Race and voting: The path forward

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Hard Truths: Race and Voting

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Hard Truths: Abrams' Roadmap

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Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

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What we learned 2021

What we learned 2021
The final Axios AM Deep Dive in our monthly Hard Truths series explores what has changed about race and justice in America — and what hasn't — since the series launched in 2020.
Hard Truths: What We Learned

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Hard Truths series wrap event

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The global impact of Black Lives Matter movement

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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

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Media

Media
This 13th Axios AM Deep Dive in our Hard Truths series explores race and the media industry.
Race and Media in America

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The push to diversify kids programming

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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

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Technology

Technology
Technology holds the promise to address inequality through innovation. But biases in our society are still reflected through new tech products produced every day.
Race and technology in America

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A conversation on the inequities in the tech industry today

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The Hard Truth of Facial Recognition Technology

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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

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Environment

Environment
Most of us take the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink for granted. But for people of color, the environment is often the cause of chronic, sometimes fatal health issues.
Race and the Environment in America

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Hard Truths: Environmental Justice and the US Government

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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

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Higher Education

Higher Education
A college degree in America translates to better jobs and more wealth. But students of color still face barriers, including high tuition, when pursuing higher education.
Race and Higher Education in America

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Hard Truths: Higher Education

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Hard Truths: What it takes to get tenure

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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

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Science

Science
“Trust the science” are this year’s buzzwords. But from astronomy to zoology, systemic racism keeps people of all backgrounds from practicing science or benefitting from its findings.
The Hard Truth of Science

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Hard Truth: The fight on Mauna Kea

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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

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Business Ownership and Leadership

Business Ownership and Leadership
Business ownership and corporate diversity initiatives are seen as paths toward closing the racial wealth gap. But for people of color, systemic barriers along both routes still hobble success.
Business Ownership and Leadership

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A conversation on Economic Recovery among Business Owners of Color

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The Hard Truth of the Marijuana Industry

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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice
“Equal justice” is carved into the U.S. Supreme Court. But from higher arrest rates to stiffer prison sentences, people of color face harsher treatment in the criminal justice system.
Race and criminal justice in America

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A conversation on Criminal Justice Reform

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The Hard Truth of finding a job after prison

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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

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Health care

Health care
We’ve made strides in getting more Americans the health care they need. But our system delivers far better results for white patients than for people of color.
Race and Health Care in America

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A conversation on systemic racism in health care

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The Hard Truth of Latinos’ access to health insurance

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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

Learn why we’re investing.

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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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

Learn why we’re investing.

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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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

Learn why we’re investing.

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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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

Learn why we’re investing.

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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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

Learn why we’re investing.

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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Investing $10 billion to create opportunity for Black women

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative aims to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women across key investment areas — from education to healthcare, digital connectivity to workforce advancement and more.

Learn why we’re investing.

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