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Unformatted text preview: , or inappropriate to the challenge. The pages that follow review how race shapes political, economic, and cultural life in the United States, and offer insights for integrating a racial equity perspective into the work of community building and socioeconomic justice. 3 THE RACIAL DISPARITY PICTURE The statistical portrait of the American population broken out by race reveals persistent disparities between people of color and white Americans in almost every quality of life arena, the most basic being income, education, and health. The racial patterns represented in the following figures are typical. Other indicators of social and economic status present a similar picture. In some arenas, racial disparities have shrunk over time, but the correlation between race and well-being in America remains powerful. Poverty Rates White (Non-Hispanic) Poor Low Income Asian/ Pacific Islander Black (Non-Hispanic) Hispanic Source: Urban Institute calculations from the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families. Native American All Races 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% PERCENT OF POPULATION EITHER POOR OR LOW INCOME Median Household Income of Racial and Ethnic Groups—1990 and 2000 1990 White (Non-Hispa...
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