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Reveal Investigation Finds Widespread Racial Inequity Among PPP Loan Recipients

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Herminia Reyes operates Alfredo’s Mexican Food in South LA. She says she’s relied on delivery services and her drive-thru window during the pandemic. She was shut out from accessing PPP loans last year.

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing a new Reveal investigation, which found widespread racial disparities with how Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were distributed across the US.

The program has injected more than $770 billion into businesses since last April, but the investigation found that many small businesses in communities of color were left out. In the Los Angeles area, businesses in white neighborhoods received loans at a far higher rate than in communities of color.

Guest:

Laura C. Morel, reporter for Reveal, mainly covering immigration

Web Resources:

Reveal, Laura C. Morel, Mohamed Al Elew and Emily Harris: Rampant racial disparities plagued how billions of dollars in PPP loans were distributed in the U.S.

Reveal, Mohamed Al Elew: Which neighborhoods were neglected by the Paycheck Protection Program?

Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.