At the heart of racial inequality in the United States, there has always been economic inequality. By almost any economic measure -- wealth, income, homeownership, business ownership -- African Americans remain at great distance from whites, sometimes by margins that have scarcely budged in half a century.
Albert Einstein was a reluctant celebrity, but he recognized that he could use his fame to promote causes to make the world more humane and democratic. Today -- when both science and democracy are under attack by right-wing forces -- Einstein's voice as both a scientist and citizen are sorely missed.
What was clear in this meeting was that many of the goals the president set forth in his State of the Union address< will become reality because of the strong partnerships that he and his administration have forged with leaders from the civil rights community who work hard every day to advocate equality and opportunity for all.