🔗 What Institutional Racism Looks Like

Racism led to lower benefits for Black veterans, studies find

A nationwide study of more than 1 million military discharges finds that Black veterans are significantly more likely to bear the stigma” of a less-than-honorable discharge.

More than a stigma, those with other-than-honorable discharges can be shut out of benefit programs ranging from housing, education, vocational training, and health care,” according to a new report, Discretionary Injustice,” scheduled for release by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center on Friday, Veterans Day.

That follows a March report from the Brandeis Institute for Economic and Racial Equity that says the GI Bill, often vaunted for its substantial financial assistance to those who served, actually contributed to the racial wealth gap” and negatively impacted African Americans through its racist implementation.

Just more evidence of what we already know, institutional racism is real and it’s baked into all of our institutions”. This story was shared by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in his great Substack.

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November 15, 2022