Founder of BET, Robert Johnson, Discusses the Future of America and Economic Equality

Monday, July 20, 2020 - Robert Johnson discusses the current racial unrest, the future for black Americans, and the economic impact of COVID-19 on the black community.

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Robert Johnson co-founded Black Entertainment Television (BET) in 1979, which became the  first black-owned company on the New York Stock Exchange.
Robert Johnson co-founded Black Entertainment Television (BET) in 1979, which became the first black-owned company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Robert Johnson co-founded Black Entertainment Television (BET) in 1979, which became the  first black-owned company on the New York Stock Exchange. He also founded RLJ Companies, a holding company that invests in a number of different sectors. Today, he will discuss the current racial unrest, the future for black Americans, and the economic impact of COVID-19 on the black community.

Robert Johnson contends that the killing of George Floyd and police brutality will shape the attitude of black Americans towards this country for some time to come, specifically their place in either political party. He also notes that businesses run by black Americans often hover on the edge of financial failure and he believes minority owned businesses need a lot more help than they have been getting from the federal government.

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