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The White Wall: How Big Finance Bankrupts Black America

Social Justice

The White Wall: How Big Finance Bankrupts Black America

Friday, January 13, 2023
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30am / Forum begins 12:00pm

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"The bad experiences of one group do not cancel the bad experiences of another group. The reason that I am focusing on (banking while Black) is because this problem is rooted in the foundations of our country so deeply." – Emily Flitter

For Black and Brown Americans, access to capital, getting a home appraised, or even access to standard banking services can be challenging. After centuries of targeted policies that set Black and Brown Americans behind, the racial wealth gap has only grown--fueling inequities in communities of color. Systemic racism inside the American financial services industry serves as yet another barrier for not only banking customers and budding entrepreneurs, but also internal employment practices at the banks themselves.

Emily Flitter covers banking and Wall Street for The New York Times. Before this, she spent eight years at Reuters, writing about politics, financial crimes, and the environment. In her new book, The White Wall: How Big Finance Bankrupts Black America, Flitter connects the dots between data, history, legal scholarship, and offers powerful personal stories as America continues to confront systemic racism and pave a path forward.

Join us at the City Club for a conversation with Flitter, moderated by Danielle L. Sydnor, President of the Cleveland Branch NAACP and Founder and CEO of We Win Strategies Group, on the racial wealth gap, civil rights, and what it means to bank while Black.

After the forum, a book signing with the author will be available. ThirdSpace Reading Room will be on site for book sales.
The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

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Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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