The Washington Monthly talks about the lingering effects of slavery and the effects that has on racism and thus the socio-economic position of blacks in the US. There being the one rather important thing we might want to say about this:
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To many liberals, these inequities are the obvious legacy of slavery and decades of legalized discrimination, such as under Jim Crow. The substandard education to which black Americans have been relegated has meant fewer students succeed in school and in the workforce.