Jessicah Pierre

Jessicah Pierre is the inequality media specialist at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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That divide won’t close without bold, structural reform to match the structural injustices that created it — from slavery itself to Jim Crow, red lining, and mass incarceration. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Celebrating Juneteenth With Bold New Ideas
One day in late June, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas. They carried some historic news: Legal slavery had ended some two and a half years ago with President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. And so some of the last enslaved people left in America were freed. The day became known...
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Saturday, June 08, 2019
Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Racism is often viewed as an action performed by individuals. But even if we got rid of all America’s prejudiced individuals, racism would still exist in the systems they built. Systemic racism, writer Jenee Desmond-Harris explains, refers to how racial disparities operate “in major parts of U.S...
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Baby bonds could play an essential role in balancing the historical injustices that created the racial wealth divide. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, April 18, 2019
A Revolutionary Idea to Close the Racial Wealth Divide
The gap between America’s ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is growing dramatically as wealth continues to concentrate at the top at the expense of the rest of us. One major symptom of this economic rift is the racial wealth divide, which is greater today than it was nearly four decades ago. The...
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Wealthy and privileged students have always had an upper hand in being accepted to prestigious universities. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The Real College Admissions Scandal
In what’s being called the largest college admissions scam ever, a number of wealthy parents, celebrities, and college prep coaches have been accused of offering large bribes to get rich students into Ivy League schools, regardless of their credentials. The parents facing charges allegedly paid up...
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As much as we cite the vision that MLK laid out for America, decades later we’ve not moved in the right direction. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
A Dream Deferred: MLK’s Dream of Economic Justice is Far From Reality
January 15th marked what would’ve been Dr. Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday. Most known for his famous “I Have Dream Speech,” King envisioned a future in which deep racial inequalities — including deep economic inequality — was eradicated. He worked tirelessly towards that mission. Over 50 years...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
As Midterm Nears, Trump Returns to an Old Formula: Lies and Hatred
Midterm elections are approaching. The first major election since Trump took office, our current political landscape could shift dramatically depending on the results. If Democrats can take back control of the House of Representatives — or even the Senate — that could have a major effect on Trump’s...
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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Celebrating the End of Slavery—With One Big Asterisk
During the week of June 19, cities around the country mark Juneteenth — the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, this holiday marks the day when Union...
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"The Poor People’s campaign calls not only for a radical redistribution of political and economic power, but for a deep moral analysis of the national consciousness around poverty and racism." (Photo: PoorPeoplesCampaign.org) Views
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The Moral Revolution America Needs
Thousands of civil rights advocates, low-wage workers, and religious leaders kicked off massive protests on May 14, launching a 40-day campaign across the nation in an effort to revive Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign brings together poor and marginalized...
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"King foreshadowed that if we maintain our exploitive economic and political systems, then we’d get not only racial apartheid, but economic apartheid as well." (Photo: Public Domain) Views
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
King’s Dream Included Economic Equality, Too
April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, King was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. American history rightly honors King as one of...
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"Why should the burden of cleaning up Trump’s mess fall on a single black woman?” (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
America, Oprah is Not Your Savior
Oprah Winfrey’s remarkable Golden Globes speech rocked not only the event’s A-list attendees, but almost all of America. Winfrey cited the under-told story of Recy Taylor, a young black woman who was raped by six armed white men during the Jim Crow era. Despite threats to her life, Taylor reported...
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