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Eliminating Racial Income Gaps Would Boost GDP By $2.1 Trillion

A new study shows that the U.S. economy—and that of every large metro area—would soar if minorities had equal access and opportunities in the job market. 

In New York, West African Immigrants Cope With Ebola Crisis on Two Fronts

Rather than barricading themselves at home, these immigrant communities are taking action.

The Economic Impact of School Discipline

African-American girls are more likely to be suspended and spend time in alternative schools, limiting their lifetime opportunities.

Just How Hard Is It to Live in New York City?

A Columbia University survey finds that almost 40 percent of New Yorkers experienced severe material hardship in 2012.

Homesick for Detroit

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Your Waitress Works for Tips, Not Pinches

A new report finds that more than one-third of tipped female workers who leave their jobs quit because of sexual harassment.

States Don't Understand African Hair Braiding. That Hurts These Small-Business Owners.

Many cosmetology schools don't teach hair braiding, and yet most states require African hair braiders to be licensed cosmetologists.

Silicon Valley Thinks It Has the Answer to Its Diversity Problem

Hiring managers continue to fall far short of diversity goals. Enter big data.

Is Bike Sharing for White Gentrifiers?

Meet the people working to make sure the answer to that question is no.

The Economic Recovery Hasn't Reached Minority Families

Fully 90 percent of U.S. families are still struggling to recover from the recession, according to a new survey from the Federal Reserve Board.

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Eliminating Racial Income Gaps Would Boost GDP By $2.1 Trillion

A new study shows that the U.S. economy—and that of every large metro area—would soar if minorities had equal access and opportunities in the job market. 

In New York, West African Immigrants Cope With Ebola Crisis on Two Fronts

Rather than barricading themselves at home, these immigrant communities are taking action.

The Economic Impact of School Discipline

African-American girls are more likely to be suspended and spend time in alternative schools, limiting their lifetime opportunities.

Just How Hard Is It to Live in New York City?

A Columbia University survey finds that almost 40 percent of New Yorkers experienced severe material hardship in 2012.

Homesick for Detroit

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Your Waitress Works for Tips, Not Pinches

A new report finds that more than one-third of tipped female workers who leave their jobs quit because of sexual harassment.

States Don't Understand African Hair Braiding. That Hurts These Small-Business Owners.

Many cosmetology schools don't teach hair braiding, and yet most states require African hair braiders to be licensed cosmetologists.

Silicon Valley Thinks It Has the Answer to Its Diversity Problem

Hiring managers continue to fall far short of diversity goals. Enter big data.

Is Bike Sharing for White Gentrifiers?

Meet the people working to make sure the answer to that question is no.

The Economic Recovery Hasn't Reached Minority Families

Fully 90 percent of U.S. families are still struggling to recover from the recession, according to a new survey from the Federal Reserve Board.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.

 
 
 
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