Robert F. Smith on Ways We Can Eradicate Racism

The past few weeks have spurred important and long-overdue conversations about systemic racism and economic and social justice. 

Robert F. Smith penned an op-ed for The Afro describing seven specific and scalable ways that together as a nation we can end system racism and ensure economic justice. 

In particular, Smith says these solutions “should address the gaps in services, funding, and equality — the ‘deserts’ — that plague communities of color. Capital deserts, food deserts, healthcare deserts, broadband deserts, opportunity deserts…each of these deserts can be filled with shoots of opportunity that will grow into gardens of equality.” 

Smith proposes developing a capital base to permanently close the racial wealth gap, updating the capillary banking system, freeing young people from crushing student debt, building a talent pipeline, increasing the number of senior Black executives, accelerating the diversity of corporate boards and investing more in African American pensions, communities and businesses. 

Read more about these proposed solutions in The Afro.