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Unformatted text preview: tion to this special obligation to combat racial injustice, each of us also has general obligations which, as fairness suggests, increase in proportion to our individual capacity to help others. WE MUST DO MORE TO COMBAT RACIAL INEQUALITY Paul Sniderman and Edward Carmines, Harvard, Reaching Beyond Race, 1997, p. 151-152 Is doing more of the same doing enough? Whether viewed from the perspective of black or white Americans, this is the crucial question to consider in the contemporary politics of race. And in weighing an answer, in our view a primary consideration ought to be the growing number of blacks who are, or are at risk of being, immiserated. By every gauge of poverty and disadvantage of which we are aware, the condition of blacks who are badly off is worse now than a generation ago. We are aware that many blacks have also made progress-over the last thirty years the size of the black middle class has roughly tripled-and we are also aware that to say that many blacks now are markedly better off than they used to be is not to say that as yet they are nearly as well-off as whites who are well-off, particularly in terms of wealth." But because of the real progress that has been made, there is now a need to give priority to black Americans who, for whatever reason, failed to catch the wave of rising prosperity and now find themselves at risk of going under. BLACKS CANNOT REST IN THE RACIAL INJUSTICE- WE MUST ACT NOW Martin Luther King Jr., speech delivered at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on August 28, 1963. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to...
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