If you’re white or rich, it’s easy to believe that racism is something that ended years ago. But the hard truth is: That’s not supported by facts. Our society, institutions and culture are still filled with barriers that shut out people because of the color of their skin, the origins of where they were born and other factors they can’t control. Axios Hard Truths is a year-long project to go deeper and explain how race and inequality holds us back.
For decades, the U.S. has held up schooling as the key to unlocking the American dream, but the facts tell us that education’s promise is false. Family income is perhaps the strongest determinant of student success, and low income becomes an even higher barrier when it intersects with race.