Angela Glover Blackwell on Marketplace: Inequality Is Bad for Growth by Shantha Susman, PolicyLink

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, was on “Marketplace Morning Report” with David Brancaccio on November 7, 2013 talking about equity and the economy.

She shared the analysis of All-In Nation: An America that Works for All with the 8 million business leaders who tune in regularly to the show, exploring why inequality is bad for growth.

“If we had eliminated racial inequities in 2011, the GDP would have been $1.2 trillion higher. Getting people in jobs that pay family-supporting wages, having people educated so that they can get the best jobs that their abilities will allow them to be able to do—these things allow people to create wealth for the nation,” Blackwell told Brancaccio on air.

This conversation comes at a pivotal time, since the United States will become majority people of color by 2043, and preparing for this change in demographics now will be essential to creating a strong, inclusive economy in the future. Additionally, as the recent poll conducted by CAP and PolicyLink and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation shows, Americans already think we’re more diverse than we are, and see our diversity as an asset.

Those polled also expressed support for equitable policies that will help us all access opportunities together, a sentiment Blackwell echoed on Marketplace. “If this country wants to have a middle class and be competitive in the global economy, we need to make sure that the people who are going to be the future are ready for the future,” Blackwell said.

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Posted November 8th, 2013