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Author Baradaran, Mehrsa, 1978- author.

Title The color of money : Black banks and the racial wealth gap / Mehrsa Baradaran.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017.


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Description 1 online resource (371 pages)
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Summary "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. Baradaran challenges the long-standing notion that black banking and community self-help is the solution to the racial wealth gap. These initiatives have functioned as a potent political decoy to avoid more fundamental reforms and racial redress. Examining the fruits of past policies and the operation of banking in a segregated economy, she makes clear that only bolder, more realistic views of banking's relation to black communities will end the cycle of poverty and promote black wealth."--Jacket.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Forty acres or a savings bank -- Capitalism without capital -- The rise of black banking -- The new deal for white America -- Civil rights dreams, economic nightmares -- The decoy of black capitalism -- The free market confronts black poverty -- The color of money matters.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 6, 2017).
Subject African Americans -- Economic conditions.
African American banks -- History.
Discrimination in banking -- United States -- History.
African Americans -- Finance.
Wealth -- United States -- History.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Economics -- General.
African American banks. (OCoLC)fst00799039
African Americans -- Economic conditions. (OCoLC)fst00799599
Discrimination in banking. (OCoLC)fst00895026
Wealth. (OCoLC)fst01172973
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: The color of money : Black banks and the racial wealth gap Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017 9780674970953
ISBN 9780674982284 (electronic book)
0674982282 (electronic book)
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