Education is the key to attaining equality among races

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, August 29, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and of the Rev. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech has sparked renewed conversations about how to lessen or eliminate remaining inequalities between blacks and whites.

Despite the focus of some civil rights leaders on voter ID laws, that's not where the real problem lies. With a black president and an estimated 10,000 elected black officials, this country isn't going to revert to Jim Crow laws. The debate over increasing accessibility to the polls vs. policing voter fraud, while an important matter, is relatively narrow in scope.

Not so with the yawning employment and income disparity between the races that has grown much worse in the last 25 years.

Of all the factors contributing to this disparity the lack of a decent education, not overt racism, stands out as the most important. A well-educated minority dramatically enhances his or her prospect for substantial employment. Conversely, one who is under-educated faces a daunting challenge to rise out of poverty.

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