Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future

A wide-ranging, in-depth, and pragmatic volume published in 2010 discussing the persistently divisive issues surrounding race in America.

With a mixed-race president, a Latino population that is now the largest minority, and steadily growing Asian and African-American populations, race is both the most dynamic facet of American identity and the defining point of American disunity. By broadening the racial dialogue, Angela Blackwell Blackwell, founder of PolicyLink; Stewart Kwoh, president of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center; and Manuel Pastor, professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, bring new perspective to this essential American issue.

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 2050, 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.

In this prescient work, now fully updated with freshhttp data, extensive revisions, and new contributions from Van Jones, James Allen Crouch, and others, the authors address evolving and emerging topics such as the future of work and metropolitan communities, immigrant integration, and effective educational structures.

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Tamar Shapiro


Tamar Shapiro is the President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, where she promotes neighborhood revitalization through creative reuse of vacant and abandoned property.  Formerly with the U.S. German Marshall Fund and Smart Growth America, she attended the Assembly on "Reinventing America's Legacy Cities" in Detroit.