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Belonging And Empowerment: A New "Civil Rights" Paradigm Based On Lessons From The Past, Rebecca Zietlow Dec 2007

Belonging And Empowerment: A New "Civil Rights" Paradigm Based On Lessons From The Past, Rebecca Zietlow

Rebecca E Zietlow

Despite the advances that African Americans have made in our country as a result of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, poverty stubbornly persists in communities of color throughout our country. Our current civil rights paradigm, which is rooted in the Equal Protection Clause, and prohibits intentional state discrimination on the basis of immutable characteristics, simply is not working. This article suggests an alternative approach, one based not solely in equality norms but in facilitating the belonging of outsiders in our society. The subordination of people of color in our society has never been just about race. Rather, racism ...