Racial/Wealth Gap Widening

Kara Powell | May 24, 2010

Last week those of us who care about justice and seeing all people experience God’s Kingdom shalom got some bad news. According to a new analysis by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, the wealth gap between Anglo-Americans and African-Americans has quadrupled from 1984-2007. The Institute’s analysis speculates that public policy and persistent discrimination are the potential root causes of this growing gap.

My point in this blog is not to get into a partisan debate about tax policy. But it is to point out that wealth often begets wealth. Kids who don’t have the funds to go to college are less likely to experience financial stability than those who do.

I’ve run into a few ministries lately geared toward improving the financial literacy of folks who are raised in low-income contexts. Some of them are being allowed, and encouraged, to teach in public schools. I applaud these creative leaders and cheer them on in the name of deep justice.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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