With all the dialogue these past few weeks, I’ve been looking for a way to contextualize current events and frame our national discussion. Clearly, talking about race in America is not easy, nor is discussing profiling, fear, hate, guns, reproductive rights, gender and sexuality, or our justice system. But there is one more issue that needs healthy dialogue: income mobility. In a recent study many are calling the most complete and detailed portrait of income mobility in the U.S., we see loud and clear perhaps the greatest American truth: Location Matters. Where you are born correlates to a large degree with your earning potential and ability to move up the social ladder and build a foundation for your children and their children.
Whether or not you believe America has a race problem, a profiling problem, a violence problem, a fear problem, a hate problem, or others, I hope there is one thing we all can agree on as a society:
In the wealthiest nation on the planet, when one can very accurately predict the lifelong earning potential of someone as a child or teenager simply by their zip code, we have a moral obligation to work together to change that.
This is why I work to create housing and living opportunities for people cut out of the traditional market. I believe everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams and contribute to a healthier and more vibrant society. Under the current system, too many dreams are shattered simply by geographic and economic circumstance.
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