“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” U.S. Constitution
Inequality is ongoing and pervasive in the United States. Generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, employment, educational and other spheres. But the forced removal of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of people of African descent marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our nation has yet to break completely free. Although explicit barriers to equality have been removed, subtle forms of racial and ethnic discrimination and injustice persist.