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Mon Nov 16, 2020, 07:53 PM

Biden Fills Economic Posts With Experts on Systemic Racism

Previous administrations haven’t made race scholarship such a clear priority.

By Lananh Nguyen and Jennifer Epstein
November 15, 2020, 7:30 AM EST

When it comes to economic policy, President-elect Joe Biden is putting racial disparities high on the agenda as he assembles his administration.

The incoming president tapped Mehrsa Baradaran, whose book “The Color of Money” is a key reference on the racial wealth gap, to prepare the Treasury Department for the transition. She’s joined by Lisa Cook, an economist at Michigan State University, on the “landing team” for the Federal Reserve and banking and securities regulators. They are among more than 500 experts who will focus on race as they shape Biden’s policies on issues like housing, health and small-business lending. Baradaran declined to comment, and Cook referred questions to the Biden team.


Observers say they’ve never seen expertise about race figure so prominently in economic roles.

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Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are emphasizing diversity as they prepare to assume power next year. Women comprise more than 50% of the new administration’s landing teams, according to the transition team, and more than 40% of advisers are from groups that are historically underrepresented in the federal government, like racial minorities, people with disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQ.

“Having these individuals who are representative of their community in the actual room where they can voice their perspective and have their perspective actually translate to policy — it matters more than you think,” Opoku-Agyeman said. Next, she said, she will watch to see whether progressive-leaning advisers can drive policy change.

More: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-15/biden-fills-economic-posts-with-experts-on-systemic-racism

This is good news.

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Reply Biden Fills Economic Posts With Experts on Systemic Racism (Original post)
sheshe2 Nov 16 OP
Mme. Defarge Nov 16 #1
sheshe2 Nov 16 #6
crickets Nov 16 #10
Indykatie Nov 16 #2
sheshe2 Nov 16 #3
Vivienne235729 Nov 16 #4
pandr32 Nov 16 #5
brer cat Nov 16 #7
sheshe2 Nov 16 #8
BGBD Nov 16 #9
SheltieLover Nov 16 #11
sheshe2 Nov 16 #12
SheltieLover Nov 16 #13
sheshe2 Nov 16 #14
SheltieLover Nov 16 #16
iluvtennis Nov 16 #15
mysteryowl Nov 16 #17
bucolic_frolic Nov 16 #18
whopis01 Nov 16 #19
sheshe2 Nov 16 #20
Sherman A1 Nov 18 #21
bigtree Nov 18 #22
Wounded Bear Nov 18 #23

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 07:58 PM

1. Brilliant!

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 08:16 PM

6. Strong straight out of the starting gate.

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 08:52 PM

10. Agreed! nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 08:01 PM

2. I Expected Biden To Assemble an Excellent Administration and He's Not Disappointing Me For Sure n/t

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Response to Indykatie (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 08:05 PM

3. I am with you. nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 08:06 PM

4. SO glad to hear this!!! Much needed.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 08:10 PM

5. This is great news!

Awwwww...I love the sound of Republicans gasping with horror. 😁

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 08:21 PM

7. This is great news.

I applaud the Biden/Harris administration for getting people on board who understand the problems and what solutions we can work toward.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 08:26 PM

8. I applaud them as well, brer.

Their voice needs to be heard and Joe and Kamala will see that it does.

What a great team.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 08:28 PM

9. Biden is

Filling his administration with subject matter experts. He did the same with his public health and national security groups. He seems to be largely avoiding appointing politicians as well. Pretty big improvement.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 09:04 PM

11. Exceptional!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 09:14 PM

12. This is very good.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 09:27 PM

13. Yes it is!

And I trust Stacy Abrams is making sure GA Dems are fired up about this!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 09:34 PM

14. I love her.

She has got this.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 09:41 PM

16. Me too!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 09:36 PM

15. Excellent news. nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 10:00 PM

17. I think the Biden/Harris administration will be far more progressive than Obama's Adm. IMO.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 10:33 PM

18. They have to find job growth somewhere

and appealing to rural areas is fruitless. But Democrats need to come up with a bold economic policy - a theoretical school, really - to collapse supply-side and monetarism. We can't just tinker around the edges of economics, not with the systemic problems of inequality and racism and geographic imbalance we endure.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 10:56 PM

19. But isn't that exactly what Trump did?

I'm pretty sure all the people Trump put into power were systemic racism experts...

Experts at fostering and exploiting systemic racism that is.

(joking aside - this is a really good move by Biden)

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Response to whopis01 (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 11:01 PM

20. You scared me for a moment there. nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Nov 18, 2020, 08:13 AM

21. Super!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Nov 18, 2020, 11:07 AM

22. k&r

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Nov 18, 2020, 11:12 AM

23. K & R...nt

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