It is said that perception is reality.  Consider this perception:  88% of Americans who claim to be affiliated with the Tea Party Movement believe that if African-Americans would  work hard like other immigrant groups, it would put them on an equal socio-economic level with the rest of America.   56% of all Americans have these same perceptions.

In this “post-racial” America  these type of numbers reflect how mis-informed so many of us are about the factors that affect group mobility in this country.  As a nation we still have much teaching to do in order to change these grossly over-simplified, incorrect perceptions that make second-class citizenship a continued reality for large portions of our society.

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