In April I reviewed Toxic Inequality by Thomas M. Shapiro, which he published post-Obama. The book was a follow-up to The Hidden Cost of Being African-American, which he published pre-Obama. The racial wealth gap didn't close under Barack Obama, even though he overcame the Great Recession. I'm not confident that the racial wealth gap will close under Biden either (or Donald Trump, for that matter).
Joe Biden (the presumptive president-elect) will inherit both a pandemic on the home front, the latest recession, and the greatest debt ceiling in human history. I think the overarching appeal to Black voters for middle-class status won't withstand the pledge without a Green New Deal component. That is to say a 2030 timeline for net-zero emissions in the short term.
My thoughts on "EXCLUSIVE OP-ED: My Plan to Lift Every Voice in Black America" (Joe Biden).
Related: Black Voters (Q1)
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