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Reshaping the Narrative Can Improve Life for Young Black Workers


Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ workers face systemic discrimination, impacting their work and wealth-earning potential. A Joint Center report reveals media often negatively portrays young Black workers, focusing on unemployment rates rather than systemic issues. The Center proposes 13 messaging elements to create accurate narratives, acknowledging racial divides, economic difficulties, and systemic injustice. It encourages stories focusing on larger context rather than individual behaviors. The report also highlights the student debt crisis disproportionately affecting Black graduates, hindering their financial freedom. Participants shared experiences of bias and the pressure of “Black excellence”. The report emphasizes the importance of narrative-building in empowering historically oppressed communities.

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