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Unformatted text preview: his work. 1. Formerly called the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives. 1 H OW IS IT THAT A NATION LEGALLY COMMITTED TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL—REGARDLESS OF RACE, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR GENDER—CONTINUALLY REPRODUCES PATTERNS OF RACIAL INEQUALITY? THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE T O P O V E R T Y A N D D I S A D VA N TA G E ace and poverty are still strongly linked in America. Data from the 2000 U.S. Census show that a person of color is nearly three times more likely to be poor than a white person. Similarly, a neighborhood that is largely made up of people of color is more likely to be poor than a predominantly white neighborhood, and racial minorities are overrepresented in the poorest and most disadvantaged neighborhoods. R These facts alone make clear that our national effort to promote a just society and vibrant democracy is not likely to succeed without an honest and unflinching appraisal of the role that race plays in all of our lives. At this moment in history, it is both appropriate and important to ask ourselves the following questions: e How is it that a nation legally committed to equal opportunity for all— regardless of race, creed, national origin, or gender—continually reproduces patterns of...
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