The Rapidian

racial disparity

Equity issues: Entrepreneur Adriane Johnson speaks out

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 01-10-2017 under OPINION

Part 4 During a recent roundtable discussion with local small business owners, hosted by MiBiz, the all-white panel brought up the large economic gap between people of color and whites in Grand Rapids. As I continue the conversation in...

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Equity issues: The role of mentoring

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 01-05-2017 under OPINION

Part 3 of 4 During a recent roundtable discussion with local small business owners, hosted by MiBiz, some on the all-white panel brought up the large economic gap between people of color and whites in Grand Rapids. As I researched the issue,...

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Equity issues: West Michigan businesses should measure progress

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 01-04-2017 under OPINION

Part 2 During a recent roundtable discussion with local small business owners, hosted by MiBiz, the all-white panel brought up the large economic gap between people of color and white people in Grand Rapids. In Part 2, I talk with one of the...

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Homeownership dream evaporates in changing neighborhood

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 12-22-2016 under NEWS

“I’m watching strangers go in and out of my home,” said Yvonne Johnson, looking out the window. While we talked at a neighbor's house, Johnson’s home was filled with realtors and prospective buyers, there for a typical...

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