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.

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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First-ever Small Biz Day will help small businesses grow on YouTube

72% of U.S. small businesses say that YouTube helps them boost their online presence, according to an Ipsos study.

YouTube’s Small Biz Day on June 24
will help SMBs by sharing helpful tips on how businesses can use YouTube to grow.

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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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First-ever Small Biz Day will help small businesses grow on YouTube

72% of U.S. small businesses say that YouTube helps them boost their online presence, according to an Ipsos study.

YouTube’s Small Biz Day on June 24
will help SMBs by sharing helpful tips on how businesses can use YouTube to grow.

Learn more.

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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First-ever Small Biz Day will help small businesses grow on YouTube

72% of U.S. small businesses say that YouTube helps them boost their online presence, according to an Ipsos study.

YouTube’s Small Biz Day on June 24
will help SMBs by sharing helpful tips on how businesses can use YouTube to grow.

Learn more.

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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First-ever Small Biz Day will help small businesses grow on YouTube

72% of U.S. small businesses say that YouTube helps them boost their online presence, according to an Ipsos study.

YouTube’s Small Biz Day on June 24
will help SMBs by sharing helpful tips on how businesses can use YouTube to grow.

Learn more.

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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First-ever Small Biz Day will help small businesses grow on YouTube

72% of U.S. small businesses say that YouTube helps them boost their online presence, according to an Ipsos study.

YouTube’s Small Biz Day on June 24
will help SMBs by sharing helpful tips on how businesses can use YouTube to grow.

Learn more.

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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First-ever Small Biz Day will help small businesses grow on YouTube

72% of U.S. small businesses say that YouTube helps them boost their online presence, according to an Ipsos study.

YouTube’s Small Biz Day on June 24
will help SMBs by sharing helpful tips on how businesses can use YouTube to grow.

Learn more.

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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First-ever Small Biz Day will help small businesses grow on YouTube

72% of U.S. small businesses say that YouTube helps them boost their online presence, according to an Ipsos study.

YouTube’s Small Biz Day on June 24
will help SMBs by sharing helpful tips on how businesses can use YouTube to grow.

Learn more.

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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First-ever Small Biz Day will help small businesses grow on YouTube

72% of U.S. small businesses say that YouTube helps them boost their online presence, according to an Ipsos study.

YouTube’s Small Biz Day on June 24
will help SMBs by sharing helpful tips on how businesses can use YouTube to grow.

Learn more.

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