The Compass: American in Black and White
Episode 2: Rajini looks at economic opportunity – or lack of it. She hears from an academic whose study suggests employers think being black is as bad as having a criminal record but that they weren’t trying to be racist. She hears from senior corporate executives who have witnessed the subtle ways racial prejudice operates in the workplace. In Kansas City she explains how government rules established during the New Deal locked black Americans out of home ownership for a generation. In west Philadelphia she meets the civic leaders with a comprehensive plan to improve the city’s poor, black neighborhoods, and she hears from the San Francisco non-profit organization trying to reduce the very high cost of being poor.