There’s only one fix for lingering structural inequality.
BY TRESSIE MCMILLAN COTTOM May 30 Tressie McMillan Cottom is a sociologist and writer. She can be found at www.tressiemc.com.
"But I wager that you have heard a lot about how education and opportunity can be, through hard work and moral fortitude, the path to greater equality for African Americans. In many ways, when the formerly enslaved asked first for a national program to redress the forced, free labor that made the United States the nation we know it to be, they were given schooling instead of redress; opportunity instead of compensation. It is an attitude that persists in our policy and our cultural lexicon. "
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