In this Issue:
In December we learned that the nation was starting its second year of a recession. But our report, released for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, found that people of color have been experiencing a recession for five years.
While many place their hopes on the first African American President to usher in an era where race is irrelevant, reality intrudes.
In fact, the unequal economic situation for people of color proves that race continues to be a major barrier to economic success for too many.
State of the Dream 2009: The Silent Depression explains the mechanisms that helped create the racialized economic depression, explores how this crisis affects individuals and communities of color, and proposes comprehensive policy solutions to this crisis.
The full report is available from: http://www.faireconomy.org/dream.
Key findings include:
Among the solutions, we propose that:
Together, such simple measurement changes will help bring economic problems to the forefront and end the crisis of silence about the true state of the dream of racial equality.
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