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Why should those working to end poverty and community distress pay attention to
In America, concentrated poverty and race are so closely intertwined that one can’t properly deal with one and not the other. African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans
are disproportionately represented in our nation’s poorest communities, as are some
Asian groups. This is not mere coincidence. We know that high unemployment, poor
educational opportunity, lack of affordable housing, and other problems all have
important racial dimensions. Reformers cannot hope to ﬁnd lasting solutions to these
problems without attending to their root causes—a powerful one of which is the racial
bias embedded in the policies and practices of major opportunity arenas and the social
context that allows those biases to persist.
Wouldn’t it be better to approach poverty and disadvantage from a class perspective?
Wouldn’t it be more pragmatic, especially since adopting race-based strategies
alienates some constituencies?
The convergence be...
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This document was uploaded on 02/06/2014.
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