Atlanta voices rise in national debates over racism in the economy

By David Pendered

Atlanta has a significant presence in the national debate over the future of Black-owned farms and properties, as well as the Federal Reserve’s role in discussing racism in the economy, which is being challenged by the Senate Banking Committee.

Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic was singled out by the Senate Banking Committee for ideas expressed in his 2020 essay, ‘A Moral and Economic Imperative to End Racism.’ Credit: Credit: Sadat Karim via Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Participants include U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Atlanta), chair of the House Agriculture Committee; Georgia ACT President Bambie Hayes-Brown; and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic.

Their voices in this era’s discussion of civil and human rights continue the region’s leadership role in vetting complex topics. Two recent examples that reached the national arena include the City of Atlanta’s precedent-setting domestic partner registry in 1993,…

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