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The most vulnerable Americans are being crushed by the grip of poverty, from the deserts of the Southwest through the black belt in the South, to the post-industrial, rusting factory towns that dot the Midwest and Northeast.

Sociology engages in studies of racial inequality, however, the sociology of race relations has historically failed to observe and report on the social construction of both sides of America’s black/white binary paradigm
(Perea 1997) when addressing racial inequality. 

Unlike race and racial identity, the social, political and economic meanings of race, or rather belonging to particular groups have not been fluid.

Just as past public policies created the racial wealth gap, current policy widens it.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking about race.

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For the first time since the recession began, the poverty rate fell substantially in 2015.  The number of people living under the poverty line declined by about 3.5 million, with every major demographic group. 

Conservative New York Times writer David Brooks responds to author Ta-Nehisi Coates' best selling book Between the World and Me, where Coates shares  his life and learning growing up on the streets of Baltimore, in a letter to his son.    

The spirals of poverty and mass incarceration upend urban communities

Photographs MATT BLACK Words TRYMAINE LEE

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick
Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this system, it's time to reclaim his original intent.

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