The policies examined in NETWORK’s Racial Wealth and Income Gap workshop illustrate how the racial wealth and income gap has been perpetuated throughout American history. These policies were not created in a political vacuum. There are multiple factors that played into the crafting of these policies, namely the dominant narratives that were employed around Black and other people of color. To better understand how these false narratives have been incorporated into American culture and politics please refer to the following additional sources of information.
- Michael Brown Wasn’t a Superhuman Demon by Jamelle Bouie
- Everyday Respectability Politics by Alicia Wallace
- Black Workers Really Do Need to be Twice as Good by Gillian B. White
- The Myth of the Welfare Queen (Video) from PBS
- Dog Whistle Politics (Video) from Demos
- Political Power and the Racial Wealth Gap (Podcast) by Ezra Klein
- Umbrellas Don’t Make it Rain (PDF) from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development