A public reckoning on racial injustice and inequality

People attend a rally for racial justice on the one year anniversary of the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., June 12, 2021.  REUTERS/Dustin Chambers     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

As the nation observes Juneteenth, we are still grappling with serious issues around civil rights, economic and political inequality, and unfairness in the criminal justice system. Now, a year after widespread protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer once again brought these issues to the top of the national conversation, Makada Henry-Nickie, a fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and an expert on policies that advance inclusive economic opportunities for disadvantaged families and low-income communities, joins the podcast. In the discussion, she talks about where we’ve made progress on these issues, but also how much remains to be done.

Also on this episode, in a new Sustainable Development Spotlight, Homi Kharas and Amar Bhattacharya from the Center for Sustainable Development share their thoughts on the needed reawakening of international cooperation to tackle development and sustainability challenges around the world, especially in emerging markets so badly hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Also listen to this segment on SoundCloud.

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