The current recession is not an equal opportunity crisis. People of color are experiencing job loss, foreclosures and lack of healthcare at alarmingly higher rates than white Americans. These disparities are not a coincidence but rather the result of structural barriers that have been taking a toll on people of color long before the subprime meltdown.
Race and Recession: An Interview with Seth Wessler
Thursday May 21: The current recession is not an equal opportunity crisis. People of color are experiencing job loss, foreclosures and lack of healthcare at alarmingly higher rates than white Americans. These disparities are not a coincidence but rather the result of structural barriers that have been taking a toll on people of color long before the subprime meltdown.
Seth Wessler, an analyst with Applied Research Center, believes the same structural causes of racial disparity are also at the root of an economic crisis affecting all Americans. In his recently released Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and How to Change the Rules, Wessler presents the numbers as well as the personal stories that reveal the root causes of racial inequity and proposes the path to an inclusive recovery. This Thursday, Jo Ann and Dave will talk with Wessler about his findings and recommendations.
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Every Monday morning, foreclosed and pre-foreclosure homes are auctioned off on the steps of the Multnomah County courthouse in downtown Portland. After demonstrations last week by several dozen protesters disrupted the auction, this week saw enhanced security and just a few observers. KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld was there and filed this report.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland author Peter Rock about his novel, "My Abandonment," which is based on the true story of a father and daughter living in Forest Park. Peter Rock is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed College in Portland. He has been with Reed College since 2001. He is the author of the novels The Unsettling, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, This is the Place, and Carnival Wolves. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared widely. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
The home foreclosure crisis has created a booming industry of firms promising to stop foreclosure. A growing number are flat out scams. To counter the predators, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services held a home preservation event at the Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. More than 500 people received trusted advice from non-profit counselors, bank representatives and attorneys. For more on this we turn to KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld.
Last week, President Obama reached his first 100 days in office, triggering a media flurry of speculation about how well he's doing. Communities of color - already hurting before the lastest round of troubles - have been measuring up the new president as well. Is President Obama pushing to create justice for all or is he too bogged down in the legacy of his predecessor? What should we be doing to push the president down the path of racial equity?