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Dr. Algernon Austin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Policy Solutions. Previously, he directed the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy. Prior to joining the Economic Policy Institute, Dr. Austin was a Senior Fellow at the Demos think tank and assistant director of research at the Foundation Center. From 2001 to 2005, he served on the faculty of Wesleyan University.

Dr. Austin’s latest book is America Is Not Post-Racial: Xenophobia, Islamophobia, Racism, and the 44th President. America Is Not Post-Racial is the only book to analyze the 25 million “Obama Haters” in America.

Dr. Austin has discussed racial inequality on PBS, CNN, NPR, and on other national television and radio networks.

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Republicans Should Love Obama and Obamacare

(7) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 6:35 AM

The star of the CNN primetime Republican presidential debate last week was Barack Obama--not Donald Trump. President Obama was attacked more than any candidate actually running for president. He was attacked 38 percent more times than Trump, and almost twice as many times as Hillary Clinton. Although Obama...

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The Best Anti-Poverty Program Is a Good Job

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 1:08 PM

With the release of the new poverty data this week, we once again see that the Latino and African American poverty rates are more than double the non-Hispanic white poverty rate [PDF]. The persistence of high poverty rates among these two groups can lead one to think that...

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10 Years After Katrina, the Black Poor Remains at High Risk

(11) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 2:20 PM

On August 29 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and then a nightmare unfolded. The most disadvantaged populations suffered the worst harm from the disaster. Many African American and poor individuals were unable to evacuate. Black neighborhoods were the most severely damaged. The elderly, blacks, and the poor were the...

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Why Donald Trump Is Surging in the Polls

(323) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 8:05 PM

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is one of the few Republican leaders to address the problem directly. He has acknowledged that there is a "dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party." He added, "What I mean by that is they still sort of look...

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Yes You Can Be Black. And It Won't Cost You Much at All.

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:39 PM

You've always wanted to be black. Well now you can be with the Blackness Card™.

Many white Americans wish to be black, and we at the Onyx Corporation are here to fulfill that need. The Onyx Corporation is proud to introduce the Blackness Card. The Blackness Card will grant any...

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Why Do Black Immigrants Have Lower Incomes than Other Immigrants?

(27) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 5:37 PM

If one examines the Pew Research Center's recent statistical portrait of black immigrants one notices a curious finding. Black immigrants have a median household income of $43,800, but overall immigrants have a median income of $48,000, 9.6 percent higher than for black immigrants. Yet, looking at the statistical...

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With Mia Love's Election We're Still Not Post-Racial

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 8:50 PM

Congratulations to Mia Love on being the first black Republican woman in Congress. On the night of her victory, Love remarked, "Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS [Latter-Day Saint, or Mormon] woman to Congress. Not only did we...

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Do Native Americans Face Discrimination in the Labor Market?

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 4:05 PM

Since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, Native American employment has been lowest in the regions where white employment has been highest. In my research in 2009 and 2010, I found that while whites were doing relatively well in terms of employment in Alaska,...

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How Good Jobs Policies Can Reduce the Black-White Wealth Divide

(47) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Wealth -- what we own minus what we owe -- matters a great deal for families' economic success. Children from wealthier families can more easily attend college, purchase a home, and start a business. Wealthier families can better bear the costs brought on by a spell of unemployment or an...

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Is Job Creation on Obama's Second-Term Agenda?

(28) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 10:40 AM

The American public has repeatedly indicated that the health of the economy is their biggest concern. An AP election-day exit poll found that 59 percent of voters considered the economy to be the most important issue facing the country while only 15 percent considered the deficit to be...

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Infrastructure Investments and the Latino Jobs Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 11:05 AM

A crumbling infrastructure is bad for business. Just ask business owners in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Recently, a water main broke in downtown Baltimore and shut down streets and caused major traffic delays. A number of businesses were forced to close, and those near the break that remained open...

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We Still Have a Long Way to Go to Achieve Racial Equality

(2) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 12:33 PM

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen recently illustrated how much overt racial bigotry against blacks has been reduced. He used the case of Wesley A. Brown, the first African American graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Brown was the first to "successfully endure the racist hazing that had...

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Latinos And The Good Jobs Crisis

(11) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 7:54 AM

If Latinos are to fully recover from the ravages of the Great Recession, they will need not simply jobs, but jobs that lead to increased earnings over time and that also have good benefits. In short, they will need what we call "good jobs." Recent evidence from the Economic Policy...

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Blacks See Largest Decline in Health Insurance Coverage

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 12:26 PM

Over the last decade, blacks experienced the largest decline in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. If President Obama's Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is revoked, as the Republican presidential candidates are calling for, blacks and all other groups will find it increasingly difficult to obtain health insurance.

From 2000 to 2010,...

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Black Job Seekers are Still at the Back of the Bus

(171) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 4:12 PM

At this time of year, when we celebrate the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month, we often celebrate the successes of the Civil Rights Movement. But I never hear anyone speak of the many goals that the Movement did not achieve. One such...

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The Gingrich Nonsense

(41) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Newt Gingrich has been using the fast exchanges of the Republican presidential debates to ignore facts, misdiagnose economic problems and then present wrongheaded solutions. The key fact that he is ignoring is the Great Recession -- the greatest economic downturn the country has seen since the depression of...

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Consumers Need a Strong Financial Protection Bureau

(106) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 3:06 PM

It is shocking that in the wake of a deep economic crisis brought on by irresponsible financial practices Congress would stymie the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by not approving a director. President Obama was right to insist that the American public be protected by making a recess appointment...

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Rick Santorum Needs to Join Occupy Wall Street

(30) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 5:54 PM

Social conservatives, like Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, have looked just about everywhere for enemies to heterosexual marriage, but they have missed one place: the American economy. One important factor behind the decline of marriage in America is increasing economic inequality. The epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett have shown...

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Remembering Martin Luther King and the March for Jobs and Freedom

(5) Comments | Posted August 28, 2011 | 6:21 PM

With the formal unveiling of the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, originally planned for August 28 -- the anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom -- the National Mall will house a memorial to a man who never held the nation's highest office but brought...

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Rebuilding the Dream of Homeownership for People of Color

(12) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 12:17 PM

For most Americans, owning a home is part of the American dream. But for African Americans and Latinos, this part of the dream is rapidly slipping away. The dream of homeownership for people of color has been battered by predatory subprime lending, the foreclosure crisis, and high unemployment from the...

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