For too long, discussions of race in the US have succumbed to "us versus them" pairings - improving the conditions of blacks comes at the cost of whites. This is a recipe for friction, resentment, and more frustrating years of stalemate. There is, however, a more hopeful direction - it will require healing for the black community and building a new white middle class that links its prosperity and future to sharing the country's economic growth and community revitalization.
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN
A New Direction for Race Relations in America.
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