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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Mar 1, 2013

Report: Racial Wealth Gap Nearly Tripled Over Last 25 Years, Home Ownership A Factor

Derived from a long history of discrimination, a staggering opportunity gap has widened financial disparities between black and white Americans, condemning African Americans to less home equity, according to a new report by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University.

After studying 1,700 American families for 25 years, the report examines the major causes of America’s racial wealth gap. Researchers found that the total wealth gap between white and African American families had almost tripled during the study, increasing from $85,000 in 1984 to $236,500 in 2009.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Fri May 18, 2012

GOP Super PAC Considers A Play On Race, Cultural Lines With Rev. Wright Attack Ads

Recent reports about a conservative Super PAC’s plan to run attack commercials based on President Barack Obama’s relationship with his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright - and the backlash that has come as a result - has raised questions as to how much an impact ads intended to divide along racial or cultural lines will have during this election season.

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by Brandon Campbell
Fri Feb 10, 2012

School Council Members File Suit To Stop Proposed Turnarounds, Closings (VIDEO)

Ten members of nine local school councils Thursday filed a lawsuit with the Circuit Court of Cook County seeking to stop the Chicago Public Schools Board from closing or turning around their neighborhood schools.

With financial and legal backing from the Chicago Teachers Union, the LSC members allege that CPS is targeting a disproportionately high number of schools with predominantly African American student bodies for these actions.

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by Angela Caputo
Fri Jun 12, 2009

Complaint: Renaissance 2010 Hiring Racially Biased

It's now been six years since Chicago Public Schools officials began plowing forward with the Renaissance 2010 school reform initiative. As the dust begins to settle, the effects of closing and reorganizing dozens of troubled schools is starting to come to light. The ...

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by Adam Doster
Fri Apr 4, 2008

Blurring King's Legacy

Today marks 40 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. In commemoration of this solemn anniversary, The American Prospect's Kai Wright penned a thoughtful essay about the civil rights leader's forgotten, radical legacy: His "Letter from a ...