In King's Wake: Forty Years Later, Assessing a Legacy of Goals Achieved and Promises Left Unfulfilled: Racism Less Pervasive, More Complex

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Four decades after Dr. King's death, Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate's only black member, may become America's first black president. Today, what I call the ghosts of Jim Crow are caused by choices that result in housing isolation, inequitable school funding, criminal justice stereotyping, and health care service inadequacy that maintain inequality.