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Unformatted text preview: racial inequality? e Why, in the world’s wealthiest country, is there such enduring poverty among people of color? e How is it that in our open, participatory democracy, racial minorities are still underrepresented in positions of power and decision making? Focusing on these questions might seem to be a distraction, or worse, overwhelming, for those working to reduce poverty and build strong communities. To some, they may even seem unnecessary, since there are African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asians who are highly successful, and many whites who are desperately poor. Yet the successes of a few individuals of color cannot obscure the overall pattern of opportunity and benefit that is defined by race: white Americans remain significantly more likely than racial minorities to have access to what it takes to fulfill their inborn potential to succeed in life, and to be rewarded fairly for their efforts. Without fully accounting for the historical and ongoing ways in which racial dynamics produce inequities between whites and people of color, the social justice and antipoverty field risks pursuing strategies that are misguided, incomplete...
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