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Former Harvard business prof from Englewood suggests how whites Americans can help fix racial wealth disparity, including reparations

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Steven S. Rogers grew up in Englewood on his way to becoming a Harvard Business School instructor and advisor to Fortune 500 companies, a career path that in and of itself merits respect.

He caught my attention five years ago while leading a group of Englewood property owners in their fight to block the Norfolk Southern railroad’s efforts to forcibly take their land through the power of eminent domain.

Rogers says he won that battle, although the details of a recent court settlement are not yet public. Now, he’s aiming even higher.

In a new book, “A Letter To My White Friends And Colleagues: What You Can Do Right Now to Help the Black Community,” Rogers sets forth in straightforward language his case for eliminating the wealth disparity between Black and white Americans.

Rogers believes that gap — he cites a study showing white Americans with an average net worth of $170,000 compared to $17,000 for Black Americans — is the crux of the…

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