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Bakari Kitwana speaks with economist Julianne Malveaux about key strategies that Blacks must deploy in order to survive in the current economy.

For Malveaux this includes being equipped with the tools to dissect and act upon the recent Labor Department statistics on Black unemployment (15.7%), as well as the Economic Policy Institute’s findings on Black college graduates—over 15 percent of who are also unemployed. While she offers hope, reflecting on her new book, Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History, here Dr. Malveaux is unflinching in her criticism of colorblind policy as a solution for economic woes disproportionately impacting the African American community.

“There is no such thing as colorblindness,” Malveaux says. “Colorblindness is blind trip into color-focused oblivion. The challenge with Obama Administration has been in an attempt to govern broadly, there has been a narrow exclusion of people who have already been excluded.”

Julianne Malveaux is an economist, syndicated columnist and president of Bennett College. She is the author of numerous books on Blacks and the economy, including the newly released Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts About Black Economic History (Last World Productions, 2010).

Bakari Kitwana is CEO of Rap Sessions and author of the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era. (Third World Press, 2010)

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