State of the Dream 2009: The Silent Depression

The Silent Depression explores the silent economic depression that affects communities of color – one that has gone unacknowledged and unaddressed. 

While the general population has been in recession for one year, people of color have been in recession for five years. By definition, a long-term recession is a depression.

We also explore the racial divide that cuts through social and economic indicators, including poverty, wealth and assets, and economic mobility. While racial barriers did not prevent an African-American from becoming President, they continue to prevent the average person of color from achieving the same economic success as the average white American. Download the full report here.


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