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Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future

PERE Director Manuel Pastor and colleagues Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh offer a revised and updated volume on racial equity in post-Obama America

Even after the election of America’s first black president, racial inequity continues to plague the nation. Barack Obama’s election ushered in a new era of hope, but measurable gains for people of color more broadly remain scarce: We still fail to graduate more than one-quarter of young black men from high school, and nearly a third of all African American, Latino, and Southeast Asian American children live in poverty. By as early as 2042, the United States is projected to be a nation with no single racial group as a majority. It is no longer just the future of racial minorities that is worrisome; the nation itself faces peril if the new, broader majority fails.

Addressing evolving and emerging topics such as the future of work and metropolitan communities, immigrant integration, and effective educational structures, Uncommon Common Ground renews its call for a new kind of leadership to guide the next generation forward to a fully inclusive America.


Race and Our Metropolitan Future

In an article that stems from his recently co-authored book, Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, PERE director Manuel Pastor considers the role of metropolitan areas in successfully ushering America into 2042. This article for Citiwire – a web journal with the mission to reflect a new narrative for 21st century cities and regions – notes that metropolitan areas are ahead of most of the country; they’re already grappling with what it means to be “majority minority.” The most successful places are putting racial equity upfront on issues like education, criminalization, immigrant integration, and climate change. Pastor and colleagues Angela Blackwell Glover and Stewart Kwoh hope their book can offer metros a solid foundation for advancing regional and racial equity and “offer a new model of conversation and clear-headed analysis that can help heal the wounds of the past and set a firmer agenda for a more inclusive America.”

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