At Take on Wall Street, we believe that you can’t address the wealth gap, wage disparities, or a range of other economic threats without first understanding their source in our nation’s origins.
The mechanisms that drive inequality are often needlessly mystifying or hidden from sight. According to polling, most people in the United States believe that Wall Street has rigged the system. But it’s hard to find out how that came to be or what you can do to challenge financialization and structural racism.
The system was built intentionally, just as it was intentionally obscured by historical erasure and a thick layer of jargon. But there is nothing inevitable about it. That’s why we’ve created isoureconomyfair.org, an interactive website that examines (some of) the history of wealth extraction in the United States.
From colonization to the present day, the site highlights how the finance industry has used its disproportionate power at key moments in our history to counter our struggles for racial, climate, gender, and economic justice. It helps activists increase their knowledge about how persistent inequality, financialization, deregulation efforts, and austerity policies at all levels of government have direct and identifiable origins in white supremacy and patriarchy.