Black-owned business statistics for 2021 from Fundera – a business financial resource, shows continuing challenges for Black businesses to start, grow, and be sustainable compared to white counterparts. Access to capital continues to be a major issue. The data indicates inequities in the financial system on loan approvals, amounts, and interest rates.
Nearly a year after George Floyd’s life was taken by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a jury found Chauvin guilty of killing Floyd. The evidence was compelling. No doubt, the cell phone video of Chauvin’s actions captured by 17-year old Darnella Frazier proved critical in the conviction. The video spread across the world. We could all witness the nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck until he was dead. This podcast recounts the verdict, captures reaction from the corner at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis where Floyd was killed, and raises the urgency of the need for law enforcement reform.
America’s hate trait was shown this past week with the killing of eight people in Atlanta-including six Asian American women. This tragedy comes on the heels of data released from the University of California’s Center for Hate and Extremism that reports hate crimes against Asian Americans up by 150 percent across major U.S. cities.
The Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s was pivotal in fostering equitable treatment for Black people. However, it did not bring enough to quash systemic inequities. The plight continues today. The Black Lives Matter Movement is at the forefront. This podcast looks at yesteryears Civil Rights Movement and considers today’s continuing effort for racial equality.
Information just out reported continuing issues of access to the COVID-19 vaccine in communities hit worst by the pandemic; and reductions to U.S. life expectancy at birth caused by COVID-19. The highest being for Blacks.
This inaugural Intelligentsia21C podcast episode introduces the Intelligentsia21C platform and delves into issues of systemic racism impacting Blacks in America. Intelligentsia21C is a curated platform that uniquely brings critical analysis to political, social and economic topics—all examined through a racial equity lens.
If you are Black in America, you have not witnessed full equality in a lifetime. You have only been subjected to the Country’s default on its pledge of equal opportunity. Data is clear that Blacks are lagging on political, social, and economic fronts. Key factors on disparities are raised leading to the conclusion that parity adjustment is warranted and a people’s movement for change is necessary.
“57 Years Later: Why We Can’t Wait Any Longer” takes its theme from Martin Luther King Jr.’s book, Why We Can’t Wait that chronicles the 1963 Birmingham movement for racial equality. Again African Americans find it necessary to challenge America’s systemic racism. Unrest has captured wide consciousness in this country and around the world.
In “57 Years Later: Why We can’t Wait Any Longer” we delve into today’s plight for racial justice. The podcast will take a deep look into the protests, the demands, and what constitutes victory.