If asked to imagine a conversation with Austin’s Assistant City Manager for Health & Environment, the Interim Director of Austin Public Health (APH) and the Director of the Austin Health Authority (AHA), you’d be forgiven for being completely wrong about what such a meeting might be like.
As one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities for over the past decade, and being labeled as Silicon Valley 2.0, what isn’t highlighted is that despite its growing population and economy, the economic divide has continued to deepen.
In Austin, the racial wealth divide significantly affects Black and Latinx residents.
On the surface, what appears to be happening in East Austin…excuse me, the East End, looks like what is happening in cities across the United States. However, some things are brewing in the Capital City that other cities may want to take notice of.
Atlanta rapper and activist Michael Render (or as many become acquainted with his rap moniker, Killer Mike) along with Civil Rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young, are working to become the face of Black and Brown banking in the US.