Our latest edition features a cover story on the 400-year commemoration of the beginning of slavery in the US; an interview with scholar Rucker Johnson on school segregation; news on a new study that tackles public health disparities in rural America with scholar Mahasin Mujahid; an illustrated edition of the 2019 Othering & Belonging conference; a book review about three new books on racial segregation; and the latest news and updates from the Haas Institute. Read the magazine here.
The Harmful Effects of Segregation in the Bay Area
We've just released a new report that demonstrates the harmful effects of segregation in Bay Area neighborhoods that are mostly Black and/or Latinx. In all categories measured in the study (household income, wealth, home values, educational attainment, and life expectancy), residents of highly-segregated communities of color fare much worse than residents of more integrated or segregated white neighborhoods. This brief was produced as the fourth installment of the Haas Institute's Racial Segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area report series. For a summary of findings view our press release here, or access the full report here.
Why Disparate Impact Liability is the Best Remedy for Structural Racism
Haas Institute Assistant Director Stephen Menendianpublished a new blog post last week that explains why impact liability is the best remedy for structural racism in the US today. "Residential segregation is one of the core components of structural racial inequality. It is through racial residential segregation that resources are unevenly allocated among racial groups, and racial inequalities in education, employment, and health are maintained." Read the piece.
Videos of Recent Events
On October 18, author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and Haas Institute Director john a. powell came together at UC Berkeley for a conversation on the “Climate Crisis, Designer Babies, and Our Common Future.” The event was moderated by Osagie K. Obasogie, Professor of Bioethics at UC Berkeley. Visit this page for a video and transcript.
In this October 17 talk at UC Berkeley, Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, presents the concept of the “New Jim Code” to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity. Those include explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, ignoring and thereby replicating social divisions, and aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. Visit this page for the video and transcript of the talk.
On October 11, Berkeley Law Professor Ian Haney Lopez presented on his new book, Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America, which offers a powerful, original, and hopeful strategy for defeating the right’s racial fearmongering and achieving bold progressive goals. For the video and transcript visit this page.
In the News
Faculty cluster member Emmanuel Saez co-authored an op-ed with Gabriel Zucman in TheGuardian, titled, "Make no mistake: Medicare for All would cut taxes for most Americans." "Not only would universal healthcare reduce taxes for most people, it would also lead to the biggest take-home pay raise in a generation for most workers," they write.
Research by the Haas Institute's LGBTQ Citizenship faculty cluster was highlighted in a Regulatory Reviewarticle on how regulation affects LGBTQ+ individuals.
Faculty cluster member G. Cristina Mora is quoted in an LA Times piece about a study she helped conduct that found that a majority of California voters from both parties agree that immigrants make the US "a better place to live."
Faculty scholar Michael Reich was quoted in a Business Journalarticle on California's new law mandating that carshare drivers be classified as employees. "Uber and Lyft aren’t likely to let go of all of their drivers even if they are considered employees, as the number of drivers is what helps them keep their market share," the author quotes him as saying.
Scholar Ian Haney López' new book was cited extensively in a Stamford Advocatearticle entitled, "How Democrats should be talking about race and class."