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Posted at 7:07 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Live tweeting: #BehindTheHeadlines

By Katie Rogers

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This evening The Washington Post will host a panel discussion, "Behind the Headlines: A Discussion on Race and the Recession in Metro Washington." The panel will cover the recession's impact on local black families and will look at how economic policies in Washington have affected African Americans. This meeting is based on a poll by The Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University on issues facing the black community. (Official event page here.)

Moderated by Post financial columnist Michelle Singletary, panelists include:

  • Julianne Malveaux, a noted economist and educator

  • Jared Bernstein, chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Biden

  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus

  • Michael A. Fletcher, a Washington Post national economics reporter

  • Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network

  • Jeff Johnson, a political commentator on the nationally syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show"

  • Sophia Nelson, a political commentator for Jet magazine and MSNBC

Got a question for the panelists? We're live tweeting.

What questions do you have for the panelists? Use #behindtheheadlines to submit your questions and we'll send them along. Answers will be posted back into this blog in either video or tweet form.

In the meantime, join us for a live #behindtheheadlines chat, "Understanding the digital divide with David Sutphen and Aaron Smith," at 1 p.m., or view our full coverage page here.


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By Katie Rogers  | February 23, 2011; 7:07 PM ET
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Why do you assume only blacks are being hurt by the recession?

Why are they more important than everyone else?

Just something else to whine about.

Posted by: Janice11 | February 23, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

so Janice11 when you read the black unemployment rate is twice that of whites what do you think? when you read the black foreclosure rate is 2-3 times that of whites, what do you think? what do you view as the solution? stop the whining and offer a solution.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 23, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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