On January 19, I attended a lecture/conversation at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ on the topic: " The battle of inequalities: Obama, Trump ,Transition and Us". The lecturer was Professor David Dante Troutt of Rutgers University Law School. Following the lecture, I borrowed a copy of Professor Troutt's book from my local library; the full title of the book is "The Price of Paradise: The Cost of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America" (New York University Press 2013).
Dr. Troutt begins by offering six assumptions that tend to prevent us from achieving the goal of an equitable society:
1. Middle-class life is based on self-sufficiency, not handouts.
2. Preserving the benefits of a middle-class life requires distance from the poor.
3. Segregation no longer exists unless it's merely voluntary.
4. Racism doesn't limit opportunities anymore.
5. Persistent poverty results from weak values and poor choices.
6. We're all humans, so we'd be better off if we dropped all racial labels.
Through the following chapters he offers evidence to debunk these assumptions and, in a concluding chapter, offers a potential solution to the problem of racial injustice and economic inequality.
I will not attempt here to offer a full review of the book, and indeed feel that I need to reread it in order to be able to do so. But, as with the lecture I attended, I found the book to be highly informative and useful in considering not just the topic of racial equality, but many of the other issues to which this website is devoted.