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“A rising stock market, especially at a time of high unemployment and stagnant labor incomes, will disproportionately benefit richer households,” says Eswar Prasad, professor of economics and policy. 

“Not always, but in many cases this is a version of disaster capitalism. No crisis is going to go unexploited,” says Raymond Craib, professor of history.

Erica Groshen, senior extension associate at the ILR School, says that the rate of unemployment may be susceptible to error if some states are behind in their reporting of who has filed for unemployment benefits or if they report the data inaccurately.

Associate professor of Africana studies Riché Richardson says, “It’s an image that harkens back to the antebellum plantation... Aunt Jemima is that kind of stereotype [that] is premised on this idea of black inferiority and otherness.”

Professor of immigration law Stephen Yale-Loehr says, “This is like the Frankenstein of all anti-asylum regulations. It puts everything together in one big package.”

Kaushik Basu, professor of economics, points out that India ranks 143rd in the world for infections per capita despite its having the fourth-highest number of cases in the world. 

“People are seeing for the first time just how militarized the police force is. And this militarization is contributing, potentially, to the higher rates of violence that we’re seeing more ubiquitously in this particular movement that’s happening right now,” says Sabrina Karim, professor of government.

“The top brass might be thinking they want to improve workplace culture here. I think from my vantage point bringing in legal and employment law experts working with human resources types can work to change the culture,” says Stewart Schwab, professor of law.

“Use Environmental Protection Agency-recommended repellents. Ingredients like DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus work well,” says Laura Harrington, professor of entomology.

“As a holiday, Juneteenth perfectly encapsulates this moment which is almost equal parts anger over the reminders of how little regard there has generally been for Black life, health and freedom, and the totally unexpected reality that fundamental change has come,” says Noliwe Rooks, professor of literature. “Like a shock, change has come.”

Erica Groshen, senior extension associate at the ILR School, talks about the surprising May unemployment report.

Lilly W. Jan, lecturer of food and beverage, is quoted extensively in this piece considering whether new restaurants are crazy to open during the pandemic.