In this exciting episode of the Holistic Wealth podcast with Keisha Blair, we discussed The Racial Wealth Gap and The Legacy of Colonialism in light of recent events such as the death of Queen Elizabeth II with our special guest Danté Stewart.
We also discussed the issue of reparations (what is needed and why) and the Black Maternal Health crisis. Danté Stewart is an award-winning writer, speaker and author of Shoutin’ In The Fire: An American Epistle.
The Georgia Writers Association named Danté as “Georgia Writer of the Year” 2022 (Memoir); The Center for American Progress as one of “22 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2022”; and Religion News Service as one of “Ten Up-And-Coming Faith Influencers,” his work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, ESPN’s Andscape, Oxford American, Sojourners, NPR, CNN, Parents, and more.
Today, Black Americans make up roughly 13% of the U.S. population but hold just 3% of the country’s wealth. The median net worth of a White family in the United States in 2019 was $188,200, as compared with $24,100 for a Black family.
The racial wealth gap is large, persists across income groups, and has not changed in over a century. Issues were discussed such as reparations, the breadth and scope needed to really affect change and the history of financial barriers faced by Black people in securing vital loans.
Wealth matters because it is a fundamental determinant of health. Health equity strategies that fail to address the racial wealth gap will be ineffective. In particular Black Maternal health crisis continues to persist. Tune in to listen to this episode of the Holistic Wealth podcast with Keisha Blair and special guest, Danté Stewart.
Award-winning writer, speaker and author of Shoutin' In The Fire: An American Epistle