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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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- Spring '14