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Dec
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WX Book Club Series: The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap

December 13, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Join us for the next WX Book Club meeting, to discuss relevant noteworthy books both within the real estate industry and beyond. The Fall 2022 Book is:

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap
By: Mehrsa Baradaran

When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, the black community owned less than one percent of the United States’ total wealth. More than 150 years later, that number has barely budged. The Color of Money pursues the persistence of this racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the black community: black banks. Studying these institutions over time, Mehrsa Baradaran challenges the myth that black communities could ever accumulate wealth in a segregated economy. Instead, housing segregation, racism, and Jim Crow credit policies created an inescapable, but hard to detect, economic trap for black communities and their banks.

The catch-22 of black banking is that the very institutions needed to help communities escape the deep poverty caused by discrimination and segregation inevitably became victims of that same poverty. Not only could black banks not “control the black dollar” due to the dynamics of bank depositing and lending but they drained black capital into white banks, leaving the black economy with the scraps.

To purchase this book, please use this link.