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Black futures are built on the fight for economic and racial justice.

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They knew what they were doing with Jim Crow segregation, they knew what they were doing with predatory lending, they knew what they were doing with the 'War on Drugs' and mass incarceration. The impact is largely felt by those who live in Black and Brown bodies, and largely unfelt by those who don't. White America benefits, knowingly or unknowingly, from the subjugation of Black people and other people of color.

Black Youth Project 100's Janae Bonsu explains why Black liberation is not possible without attaining both racial justice and economic justice, and how the movement requires including all Black voices in the struggle to dismantle a centuries-old system of laws and actions that draw power and profit from the oppression of people of color.

Janaé is one of the authors of the BYP100 report Agenda to Build Black Futures.

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Janae Bonsu

Janae Bonsu is an activist-scholar and organizer based in Chicago.

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