Black and Latino children in Oklahoma are still more likely to live in concentrated poverty

A new KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot shows that many children in Oklahoma live in high-poverty communities that often lack these vital necessities. In Oklahoma, Black and Latino children are more than four times as likely to live in areas of concentrated poverty (census tracts where 30 percent or more of the population lives in poverty). [More...]

OKPolicyCast 49: Black Wall Street Times (with Nehemiah Frank)

In this episode I spoke to Nehemiah Frank. Nehemiah is the founder and executive editor of The Black Wall Street Times, an online newspaper that covers news relevant to the black community in Tulsa and social justice issues affecting all Tulsans and Oklahomans. [More...]

America’s racial wealth gap was 397 years in the making; we shouldn’t take that long to close it

Chattel slavery of African-Americans lasted for 246 years, from when the first slaves were brought to Virginia in 1619 to when it was finally abolished in 1865. Another 99 years passed until the 1964 Civil Rights Act ended Jim Crow… Read more [More...]

Why the wealth of college-educated minorities is especially vulnerable (Guest post: Ryan Gentzler)

Ryan Gentzler is a Research Associate at the Early Childhood Education Institute at OU-Tulsa and a former OK Policy Research Fellow. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently issued a report that highlighted the effect of higher education on… Read more [More...]

OK PolicyCast Episode 15: Oklahoma’s Racial Wealth Gap

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or RSS. The podcast theme music is by Zébre. Each week, the OK PolicyCast brings you the most important news about Oklahoma and what it means. In this episode, we talk… Read more [More...]

[Closing The Gap, Part 5] Past is future: Intergenerational wealth

This is the fifth post in a running series based on our recent report, Closing the Opportunity Gap: Building Equity in Oklahoma, which assesses the racial wealth gap and proposes solutions for closing that gap through asset-building. Previous posts detailed … Read more [More...]

[Closing The Gap, Part 4] Regenerative assets: Why you need money to make money

This is the fourth post in a running series based on our recent report, Closing the Opportunity Gap: Building Equity in Oklahoma, which assesses the racial wealth gap and proposes solutions for closing that gap through asset-building.  Previous posts explored … Read more [More...]

Closing the Opportunity Gap: Building Equity in Oklahoma

This presentation was delivered by Kate Richey on April 25, 2013 as part of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services policy and practice lecture series.     Closing the Opportunity Gap: Building Equity in Oklahoma… Read more [More...]

[Closing The Gap, Part 2] Foundations of the wealth gap

Some core assets are best described as foundational:  health, education, and transportation are critical to our ability to achieve and maintain financial security throughout our lifetime.  Health, education, and transportation position us to obtain employment, generate enough income to make… Read more [More...]

Closing the Opportunity Gap: Building equity in Oklahoma

Click here for a copy of a presentation of this research to the OKDHS Practice and Policy Lecture Series on 4/25/2013 Oklahoma’s prosperity depends on the financial success and economic achievement of the people who call it home.  For a… Read more [More...]