1 big thing ... What Matters 2020: Structural racism
America might finally be summoning the attention and will for change across racial lines to begin to unravel the toxic thread slavery wove into its fabric.
We're making structural racism a focus of our What Matters 2020 initiative, Axios White House and politics editor Margaret Talev writes:
- This challenge — along with automation, capitalism, climate change, China, demographics, health care costs and misinformation — will outlive the moment, and shape our lives regardless of who wins in November.
- On Juneteenth, we're committing to cover structural racism beyond this moment, and well beyond the presidential election.
Structural racism is the way racial inequities are locked into our social, economic and political systems.
- This isn't one story, nor one "moment" in the news cycle. It's fundamental, and permeates every layer of society. But the demonstrations and actions now underway by individuals and institutions can be transformative.
- We're planning to increase reporting, interviews, data, graphics and conversations around this critical subject across all of our platforms.
The big picture: The coronavirus' racial and socioeconomic disparities, and multiple instances of fatal police violence — especially George Floyd's videotaped killing — have driven millions of Americans of all races to demand better.
- Inequities and calls for change are taking place across education, hiring, the workplace, investment and finance, police and the justice system, health, food and nutrition, neighborhoods and housing, politics and governance, sports, entertainment, broadband access, and science.
- Markets reporter Courtenay Brown: "When an economy starts to recover, white people are first to feel the positive effects. It takes several more years for many black workers to feel the type of recovery white workers feel when the economy turns."
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- Survey research: Our weekly Coronavirus Index, in partnership with Ipsos, is tracking the pandemic's health, economic and social impacts on people of color.
- Newsletter takeovers: Our subject-matter experts will devote significant thought and space to how structural racism intersects with their areas of expertise.
- Deep Dives: These can help you think big about how the tentacles of this problem fit together.
- "Axios on HBO": We're bringing you interviews with people who demand — and make — change.
- Special events: You're invited to join us for virtual or live events.
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