Challenges to Equality: Poverty and Race in America

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The second volume of reprinted articles and symposia from , the bimonthly journal of The Poverty and Race Research Action Council, based in Washington, DC. The first appeared in 1997, and the 100 selections here are from issues between then and 2000. They are presented in sections on integration, poverty, education, democratic participation, environmental justice, the impact of race and poverty on other aspects of life, and president Clinton's initiative on race. There are almost no bibliographic references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765607263
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/24/2001
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Civil Rights, Now and Then 3
Wake Up, Jared Taylor! America is a Democracy Now! 13
Digging Out of the White Trap 15
Response 19
Race and Space 20
Telling History on the Landscape 27
"Don't Know Much About History...." Quiz 33
Bilingual Education 34
Symposium: Is Integration Possible? 36
Editor's Introduction 36
By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race 37
Commentaries 45
The Politics of Equality 45
Equality Versus Integration 46
Viable Integration Must Reject the Ideology of "Assimilationism" 48
A Wake-Up Call for Liberals 51
"Now We Are Engaged in a Great Civil War, Testing Whether That Nation, Or Any Nation So Conceived and So Dedicated, Can Long Endure" 52
The Morally Lazy White Middle Class 54
Today's Integration Challenge 55
Half Full? Half Empty? 57
Needed: An Antiwhite Movement 59
Is Integration Possible? Of Course ... 61
What Is the Question? Integration or Defeat of Racism? 64
Education and Incentives to Actualize Integration 66
Should Racial Integration Be Pursued As the Only Goal? 68
Progress in Integration Has Been Made 70
Unillusioned 71
Keeping the Dream 74
No One Even Knows What Integration Is 76
We Aspire to Integration and Practice Pluralism 77
Integration: The Long Hard Road to the Right Destination 79
The Politics of Perception 81
Response to "Is Integration Possible?" Symposium 84
Editor's Introduction 91
Economic Growth and Poverty: Lessons from the 1980s and 1990s 91
Welfare Reform and Racial/Ethnic Minorities: The Questions to Ask 97
The Outcomes of Welfare Reform for Women 102
America's Fifth Child: It's Time To End Child Poverty in America 106
Wealth, Success, and Poverty in Indian Country 113
Race and Poverty in the Rural South 117
Poverty, Racial Discrimination, and the Family Farm 123
Editor's Introduction 133
The Growing Education Gap 133
Symposium: Is Racial Integration Essential to Achieving Quality Education for Low-Income Minority Students? In the Short Term? In the Long Term? 136
A Case Could Be Made on Either Side 136
Forced Racial Integration Has Produced Poor Results 138
Upgrade Education in Schools Serving Poor and Minority Children 140
Integration Is Not Cultural Assimilation 141
All Students Are Not Equal 148
Separation, Then Integration 151
Symposium: The Standards Movement in Education: Will Poor and Minority Students Benefit? 151
The Standards Movement: Another Warning 151
The Standards Movement in Education: A Part of Systemic Reform 154
Standards or Standardization? 155
Without Good Assessment, Standards Will Fail 157
High-Stakes Testing: Potential Consequences for Students of Color, English-Language Learners, and Students with Disabilities 159
The Education Vision: A Third Tier 167
Editor's Introduction 171
Why Not Democracy? 171
New Means for Political Empowerment: Proportional Voting 176
Race, Poverty, and the "Wealth Primary" 183
Commentaries 190
Operating Most Effectively Under the Current System 190
"We've Closed Down" 192
"Not the Rich, More Than the Poor": Poverty, Race, and Campaign Finance Reform 193
I Am a Product of the Voting Rights Act! 201
Editor's Introduction 205
Race, Poverty, and Sustainable Communities 205
Race and Poverty Data as a Tool in the Struggle for Environmental Justice 209
Analysis of Racially Disparate Impacts in the Siting of Environmental Hazards 215
The Street, the Courts, the Legislature, and the Press: Where Environmental Struggle Happen 219
The Truth Won't Set You Free (But It Might Make the Evening News): The Use of Demographic Information in Struggles for Environmental Justice in California 225
Key Research and Policy Issues Facing Environmental Justice 228
Editor's Introduction 235
Race, Poverty, and the Two-Tiered Financial Services System 235
Race, Poverty, and Transportation 248
Race, Poverty, and Corporate Welfare 255
Race, Poverty, and the Militarized Welfare State 259
Race, Poverty, and the Federal Reserve System 266
Race, Poverty, and Social Security 270
Race, Poverty, and Immigration 273
Race, Poverty, and Globalization 279
Editor's Introduction 289
Notes on the President's Initiative on Race 291
The Speech President Clinton Should Have Made 296
Symposium: Advice to the Advisory Board 299
Public Education, Policy Initiatives, Paradigm Shift 299
Needed: An Educational "Bible" 302
Plessy v. Ferguson Lives 304
Acknowledge, Understand White-Skin Privilege 305
An Action Agenda 306
Focus on the Institutional Barriers 308
Knitting the Nation 309
A Ten-Point Plan 311
Needed: A Focus on the Intersection of Race and Poverty 313
Conversation Is Far from the Central Issue 314
If Not Action on Race, Then Straight Talk 316
Fantasy Moral Capital 317
Escaping Clinton's Control 318
... And Interracial Justice For All 319
First Peoples First 321
Conversation Doesn't Pay the Rent 324
Spotlight Bigotry's Covert Expression 328
A Lesson Plan for Thinking and Talking About Race 329
Symposium: Comments on the Advisory Board Report 331
Neither Praise Nor Burial 331
Where Is the Declaration of War? 334
Not a Word of Criticism of Clinton 335
No Surprises 337
Native Nations Won't Rally Around "One Nation" Concept 338
"One America" Needs To Be More Than a Nice Slogan 339
Politainment and an Extended Renaissance Weekend 341
"One America" - To What Ends? 342
There's No Racial Justice Without Economics Justice 344
Contributors 349
PRRAC Board of Directors and Social Science Advisory Board 363
Index 367
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