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The frustration of trying to invest in my hometown

BBC News story by Ivana Davidovic. Click on the image to read more.


Brian Rice is an alum of Alabama A&M University who now—as an engineer and entrepreneur—is trying bring more value to his hometown of Ensley of Birmingham, Alabama. For Rice, that means making the longstanding vacant buildings in Ensley better suited for business. However, he has run into manually placed barriers trying to get his goals completed. All of the delays to his success, he believes, is because of the demographic of his neighborhood, where many residents have the same skin tone as him. This real story that is not all unique to him, is one more example of the impeding effects of systemic racial issues. Read more by clicking the image above.

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