If Obama wants to solve the daunting economic challenges the US faces, he must understand and address the unique obstacles facing diverse populations.
African-American religious leaders emerged from a recent meeting with President Obama with words of praise and support for the job he is doing for the United States as a whole.
That’s a marked contrast from the concerns among some black leaders and commentators who argue that the president is not doing enough to address disproportionate unemployment and economic distress in black communities.
These disparate messages reflect a complex reality: African-Americans and other people of color are an integral part of an America that faces daunting economic challenges. And solving the daunting economic challenges for the country means understanding and addressing the unique obstacles facing diverse populations.
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