Friday Four: Links to end the week
- Disparities in the Benefits of Tax Expenditures by Race and Ethnicity
- One of the things I've learned about our tax code is that it prioritizes ownership over labor. Ownership, of course, requires having enough slack in your budget to buy property, equities, bonds, and businesses. Guess which ethnic/racial groups have the money and which do not. You can also read the full report (PDF download). (hat tip: Marketwatch)
- Achieving Zero Emissions with More Mobility and Less Mining
- I've beat this drum before. Reducing car dependence needs to be a critical part of our climate policy. The Climate and Community project at the University of California, Davis agrees. In a recent paper, the organization argues that the U.S. can achieve zero emissions in transportation and avoid the environmental costs of lithium mining by investing in alternatives to cars, reducing lithium battery size, and creating lithium recycling programs. Bonus link: Alissa Walker of Curbed agrees, and reminds us that big batteries make electric vehicles heavier and more deadly.
- The 1619 Project on Hulu
- So far, there are only two episodes available. In this documentary series, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones goes deep on democracy and the history of how race was constructed in the United States. Episode two focuses its lens on black women, which feels like a unique, fresh, and necessary way to discuss the construction of race.
- How three unlikely groups worked together to achieve interracial solidarity
- NPR's Code Switch podcast takes a look at the original Rainbow Coalition. It was an alliance formed in late 1960s Chicago between the Black Panthers, Young Lords, and Young Patriots. There's a scene in Judas and the Black Messiah that depicts this coalition. Code Switch tells us more about how it began and how it ended.