Economic inequality reflects factors as diverse as education, IQ, lack of opportunity and discrimination. But government policies also make a difference. Today the top 1 percent of Americans own 38 percent of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 40 percent possesses less than 1 percent of U.S. wealth. Globally, economic disparities pose even greater challenges as they can contribute to cycles of poverty, disease, social unrest and political turmoil.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an event to launch the initiative "My Brother's Keeper" at the White House in Washington (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque).
Obama’s Post-Presidency? Tackling the Social Mobility Challenge for Black Men
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Richard Reeves discusses the President Obama initiative to boost opportunities for young black men, My Brother’s Keeper. Reeves looks at data exploring rates of intergenerational social mobility for black men to explain why an initiative like the president's is deeply needed.
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