Voices From Inside the System

This hedge fund analyst feels disillusioned with capitalism, but leaving her job isn’t an option

Voices From Inside the System is a GEN series where we interview people who have had firsthand experience with industries that have a history of systemic racism and inequity. We asked them to think deeply about the role they played and the work they did. We asked them why they stayed or why they left, how they might be complicit, or if they thought they — or anyone — could fundamentally change the system.

This anonymous, 42-year-old woman works at a hedge fund in Manhattan. A recent Bloomberg study found that hedge funds not run by white men had returns…


VOICES FROM INSIDE THE SYSTEM

DeAngela Burns-Wallace wanted to revolutionize the college admissions process.

Rear view of an African American male college student wearing a cap and gown.

Voices From Inside the System is a GEN series where we interview people who have had firsthand experience with industries that have a history of systemic racism and inequity. We asked them to think deeply about the role they played and the work they did. We asked them why they stayed or why they left, how they might be complicit, or if they thought they — or anyone — could fundamentally change the system.

Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace is the secretary of administration and the chief information technology officer for the state of Kansas. Prior to her appointment, she spent 15…


Voices From Inside the System

A woman who comes from a family with dynastic wealth explains what it really feels like to profit from a profoundly unfair system

Voices From Inside the System is a new GEN series where we interview people who have had firsthand experience in industries with especially fraught histories of systemic racism and inequity. We asked our subjects to think deeply about the role they played and the work they did. We asked them why they stayed or why they left, how they might be complicit, or if they thought they — or anyone — could fundamentally change the system.

This anonymous 44-year-old white woman from Ohio, now living in Los Angeles, comes from a family with dynastic wealth. According to a 2018 study


VOICES FROM INSIDE THE SYSTEM

Lola Rainey is a former Arizona county prosecutor who left her work to become an abolitionist

Voices From Inside the System is a new GEN series where we interview people who have had firsthand experience in industries with especially fraught histories of systemic racism and inequity. We asked our subjects to think deeply about the role they played and the work they did. We asked them why they stayed or why they left, how they might be complicit, or if they thought they — or anyone — could fundamentally change the system.

Lola Rainey is a former Pima County prosecutor in her 60s from Tucson, Arizona. She now works as an abolitionist with a focus on…


Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

A worker at a Tyson beef plant says the president’s executive order is putting her in danger

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

This anonymous thirtysomething works at a Tyson Foods beef plant in Amarillo, Texas. On April 28, President Trump signed an executive order requiring slaughterhouses to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic, reversing the closures of many of these plants. Across the country, at least 5,000 meat processing workers have tested positive for the virus, and 20 have died.

Most people don’t understand where their meat comes from…


Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

Vanessa Santiago departed as the virus began to spread through the prison. The outside world had changed in ways she was unprepared for.

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Vanessa Santiago, 40, was released from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility on March 30 after serving 22 years in prison. She is currently living in a short-term studio rental in Syracuse, New York, as she waits to move to Florida to rejoin her family, but parole obligations and travel limitations due to Covid-19 have forced her to put off these plans.

On March 30, 2020, I got out…


Life in the Time of Coronavirus

A series about how this pandemic affects our lives, our loved ones, our work, and our way of life

A photo illustration of a car parked in a parking lot, with coronaviruses swarming in the background.

Life in the Time of Coronavirus is a new GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Gabrielle B. is a 38-year-old single mom in Birmingham, Alabama. She and her daughter have been living in their car for the past two months and have been further displaced by the coronavirus crisis. Gabrielle receives some support from a mutual aid organization that helps people in need in her community. You can find your local Covid-19 mutual aid organization here.

I live with my 13-year-old daughter…


Life in the Time of Coronavirus

A series about how this pandemic affects our lives, our loved ones, our work, and our way of life

Life in the Time of Coronavirus is a new GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

Nader Widdi, 25, is a manager of Foodtown Prospect Heights, a family-run supermarket in Brooklyn. He has been working 13 hours a day, seven days a week, over the past three weeks.

My father and uncle opened our supermarket in 1983. They’ve been through it all: blizzards, 9/11, Hurricane Sandy. But recently, my sister called my father. “I know you’ve seen everything, but have you ever seen…


Life in the Time of Coronavirus

A new series about how this pandemic affects our lives, our loved ones, our work, and our way of life

Life in the Time of Coronavirus is a new GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

This Amazon employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, is an inbound stow associate in her mid-20s working at a major California warehouse. Employee organizations in other warehouses have been negotiating for increased labor rights, with some recent successes, but her facility does not have such an organization.

If I could stay home, I would, but I need this job. We have work gloves and hand sanitizer but…

Justine van der Leun

Author, journalist. Nosy by nature.

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