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Advancing Racial Equity—a Legal Services Imperative

By Camille D. Holmes & Francisca D. Fajana

Not only does poverty persist, but also the uneven distribution of poverty among racial groups shows little sign of diminishing. To attack both these phenomena successfully, advocates must sharpen their understanding of the intersections of race, racism, and poverty. Yet, while responses to a recent survey of advocates show overwhelming agreement that they have a role to play in tackling systemic racial bias, agreement breaks down—and answers vary widely with race of respondents—on questions of whether fighting poverty is a proxy for fighting racism. Advocates are called upon to engage in ongoing dialogue and reflection on these questions.

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