NBA's Steph Curry partners with nonprofit NinetyToZero to close racial wealth gap

NBA superstar Steph Curry is partnering with nonprofit NinetyToZero to help close the earth gap in the United States.

Closing the racial wealth gap could increase the country's economic growth by $15 trillion over the next decade, according to NinetyToZero. The organization also reported that according to statistics from Duke University the wealth gap between black Americans and white Americans is between $11 trillion to $13.5 trillion. Closing the gap will require all hands on board from both public and private sectors.

"Uncovering solutions and creating opportunities is something I'm profoundly committed to," Curry said in a release. "Bridging the racial wealth gap is one of the biggest challenges of our generation. We are setting a concrete approach that every organization can take to initiate meaningful progress now."

The NBA star will be joined by Washington Football Team, United Way of New York City, and cannabis company Green Thumb. 

"Green Thumb is proud to be the first cannabis company to walk the walk in commitment to closing the racial wealth gap that has been exacerbated by the failed 'war on drugs'", Ben Kovler, CEO Green Thumb. " Black Americans are 3.6 time more likely to be arrested for marijuana infractions than white Americans, and over 40,000 cannabis prisoners are still incarcerated while regulated companies continue to grow and thrive."

Other partners include Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Michelle Williams ; President and CEO of the Urban League, Marc Morial; and the American Civil Liberties Union.

NinetyToZero is a nonprofit created in April by a group of companies and organizations including the Robinhood foundation, Starbucks, and Goldman Sachs — to continue the war against racial discrimination and to close the racial wealth gap in the US. Its name "NinetyToZero" suggests the percentage of wealth white Americans have more than Black Americans.

The nonprofit has devised a strategic plan to get more companies, organizations, and influential individuals more involved in promoting and supporting Black talent and businesses.

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