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Racism has historically been one of the most prominent American cultural frames and has played a major role in determining how whites perceive and act toward blacks. There is a widespread notion in America that the problems plaguing people of color in the inner-city have little to do with racial discrimination or the effects of living in segregated poverty. In the hopes of providing a broader understanding of these problems, the purpose of this chapter is twofold: (1) to highlight the role of two important structural factors that have contributed to emergences and persistence of concentrated poverty in poor inner-city black neighborhoods—state political actions and economic forces, and (2) to suggest a new political agenda for America's ghetto poor based on analysis of the impact of these factors. Older urban areas were once the hubs of economic growth and activity and therefore destinations for people in search of economic opportunity.

Keywords:concentrated poverty; inner-city black neighborhoods; racial structural forces; urban blacks

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