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United Way series on racism to address inequality in financial systems

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Posted at 12:36 AM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 17:18:36-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The final session of the United Way of Central Indiana's "Understanding the Roots of Racism" series for 2020 will focus on inequality in financial systems.

The session will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. WRTV is the media sponsor for the program.

The program is free and participants can attend by registering online.

REGISTER | United Way of Central Indiana's "Understanding the Roots of Racism" series

Wednesday's program will be moderated by Patzetta Trice, principal at Trice Strategic Consulting. Panelists for the program include: Ashley Gurvitz, CEO of Alliance for Northeast Unification; Dr. Terri Jett, faculty director for Butler University's Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement; Tony Mason, president and CEO of Indianapolis Urban League; and John Thompson, CEO of Thompson Distribution Company Inc.

The program will focus on how wealth and financial success are supposedly achievable through education, hard work, and personal responsibility. The experience of Black Americans, however, in terms of racist lending, housing and hiring practices embedded in laws, systems and structures have made the wealth gap nearly impossible to close.

The panel will offer expertise on the significant wealth disparities between Black and white families and how bold action can be taken to prevent that gap from expanding as well as the steps necessary to work toward closing the gap.

The event will be livestreamed on the WRTV Facebook and Twitter pages.