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Contact: Betsy Leondar-Wright, (617) 423-2148 x13
New Report: The State of the Dream
Black-White Gaps Still Wide Some Even Widening Since Dr. King's Death
Racial inequities in unemployment, family income, imprisonment, average wealth and infant mortality are actually worse than when Dr. King was killed, according to United for a Fair Economys new report, "The State of the Dream: Enduring Disparities in Black and White," by Dedrick Muhammad, Attieno Davis, Meizhu Lui and Betsy Leondar-Wright. The report contrasts the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the reality of the continued racial divide.
Progress has been made in narrowing the divide in per capita income, poverty, homeownership, education, life expectancy and median wealth, but so slowly that the gaps would take decades or even centuries to close at the current rate.
As Americans celebrate the King Holiday and listen to President Bushs State of the Union address, we must hold in mind the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to create opportunity for all its people, said Dedrick Muhammad. No longer do we hear about a War on Poverty or a Great Society. It has been replaced by compassionate conservatism, which has been very conservative in its compassion.
The phrase snails pace doesnt describe the slow progress in some black-white gaps, because snails travel faster than that, said Meizhu Lui.
African Americans have endured unbearable disparities for too long, said Attieno Davis. 581 years is too long to wait for our missing 43 cents on the dollar.
Dr. King worked to instill in us all a sense of moral urgency about the racial disparities in the United States, said Betsy Leondar-Wright. We can honor his memory by shaking off our complacency and committing ourselves to racial justice.
Dedrick Muhammad is the Racial Wealth Divide Coordinator at United for a Fair Economy. Attieno Davis coordinates UFEs Racial Wealth Divide education work. Meizhu Lui is UFEs Executive Director, and Betsy Leondar-Wright is UFEs Communications Director.
United for a Fair Economy is an independent national non-profit that raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart.
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