Race has once again risen to the forefront of our national conversation. The outcome of a highly contentious Presidential Election that witnessed the collision of two radically different visions for our nation’s future, suggests to some that our society is hopelessly divided on the question of who belongs in America.
However, these incidents alone do not fully explain the tragedy of the current moment. In Cleveland, as in cities across the country, the inhabitants of high-poverty, racially segregated neighborhoods struggle to survive in the face of desperate circumstances—diminished resources and opportunities, underperforming schools, deteriorating physical environments, crime, and the constant threat of violence. The conditions in which they live all but predict the negative outcomes that characterize most low-income neighborhoods. Though the immediate future may seem bleak, the need for empathy, thoughtful discourse, and a commitment to justice, has rarely been more urgent.
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