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Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

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The Not-So-Surprising Way Your Parents’ Income Predicts Yours

Just as you suspected, there’s a reason inequality is structural and self-perpetuating. But you might be shocked by just how few of the most well-off individuals are able to out-earn the generation before them. It isn’t the one percent we should be focusing on, but the 0.1 percent.

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The Heirs of Steinbeck: Who Are the Fiction Writers Taking on Poverty and Inequality Today?

Seventy-five years after its first publication date, The Grapes of Wrath is still a staple in most American classrooms. Is that because we haven’t yet written anything that does a better job of portraying the devastation of not having enough?

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Security Guards Outnumber High School Teachers in the United States

Growing inequality in America has been matched by a surge in security guards—for gated communities, upscale residential buildings, and more. That trend—more inequality, more guards—is matched across industrialized countries.

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Why Income Inequality Will Likely Keep Getting Worse

Embracing a system based on maximizing the returns to private owners of capital is a mistake for the great majority of working people.

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What Causes Inequality? Systemic and Individual Frames for Racism in Media

Race Forward takes a close look at how newspapers and cable television outlets cover one type of inequality.

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We All Know That Inequality Is Growing, but What Should We Do About It?

How you answer that question probably has a lot more to do with your ideology than your income.

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The Average American Overestimates and Fears Racial Diversity

Do you know what percentage of the population is made up of racial minorities?

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You’re Richer Than You Think

While you might not be part of the one percent, you’re probably not giving as much to charity as you could.

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Does Rising Inequality Threaten Future Economic and Political Stability?

You already know it helps to have money if you want to make money. But things have gotten so bad over the past 10 years that more than our pocketbooks could be at stake. Worse: It may be too late to do anything about it.

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