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Black Equity on Wall Street Two Years After George Floyd

Banks and corporate America made a lot of promises in the wake of his murder by Minneapolis police. What have they actually done? 

A woman poses for a photo in front of a George Floyd mural in Minneapolis last year on the first anniversary of his murder at the hands of the city’s police. 

A woman poses for a photo in front of a George Floyd mural in Minneapolis last year on the first anniversary of his murder at the hands of the city’s police. 

Photographer: Tim Evans/Bloomberg

Progress over the years toward equity for Black Americans has been shaky—at best.

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police in May 2020, and the police violence against Americans of color that his killing punctuated, calls for racial justice and equality have grown only louder. Big banks and corporations promised to do their part, pledging to hire more Black employees, pay equitable wages and expand opportunities.