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Rich Thanks to RacismHow the Ultra-Wealthy Profit from Racial Injustice$
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Jim Freeman

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501755132

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501755132.001.0001

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The Racism Profiteers

The Racism Profiteers

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Rich Thanks to Racism

Jim Freeman

Cornell University Press

This chapter begins by recounting the experiences of Anna Jones, Carlil Pittman, and Mónica Acosta who endured a persistent emotional and psychological torture that comes from the knowledge that their lives, or the lives of their children, are not valued as much as others. It analyses how the systemic racial injustice affects communities of color across the United States, and persuades more people to listen to what people of color are saying about the challenges they face and how they should be addressed. The chapter also discusses that the residents of the communities of color share a set of common experiences, some of which are similar to the predominantly white communities, and some of which are remarkably different. The chapter then describes how, and why, ultra-wealthy leaders from Corporate America and Wall Street are the driving force behind many of the public policies that uphold systemic racism and cause severe harm to communities of color across the country. It unveils how the nation's mass criminalization and incarceration system can be traced back to the leaders of many of the largest and best-known corporations in the United States, Wall Street banks, private prison companies, and the Kochs' network of ultra-wealthy allies. Ultimately, the chapter explores how many of the same individuals and organizations have played a significant role in the creation of the extreme anti-immigrant policies that have plagued millions of migrants for decades.

Keywords:   racial injustice, communities of color, United States, white communities, ultra-wealthy, Corporate America and Wall Street, systemic racism, anti-immigrant policies

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