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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,
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
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