Document Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

2-6-2016

Abstract

Martin Luther King envisioned a beloved integrated community of interracial harmony based on racial equality and mutual respect, a society in which race would be irrelevant, and one in which we all would share the resources of the nation based on humanitarian values. Are we moving toward that goal? How can we best measure progress toward it? I will argue that King’s vision of racial equality remains elusive and provide factual evidence that shows that the racial inequality gap, which has persisted over the last fifty years, has widen in key domains of social life. First, we will examine the racial gap in terms of its concrete, material aspect, and then analyze it in terms of its social psychological dimensions.

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