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The “culture of poverty” isn’t about moral failure but about reasonable adaptation to circumstances.
Segregation Is Still a Problem in the United States
As the United States has grown more diverse, it has moved from being “two societies, one black, one white,” in the words of the famous Kerner Commission, to two societies, white and nonwhite.