Dear President: Racism and Capitalism Have Always Been Linked

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Kirsten West Savali is a cultural critic and an associate editor at the online magazine The Root.

Kirsten Savali, cultural critic and an associate editor at The Root, discusses her #DearPresident essay about growing up proud in a family of business owners and public servants, before realizing that her country was taking more from her family than they could ever get in return.

This is part of Dear President: What You Need to Know About Race, a week of conversations and first-person radio essays exploring a broad range of personal truths about being Black in America to help set a new agenda for racial equality.