Until last week, Minneapolis was known as one of the country’s most livable cities, lauded for its multiculturalism and vibrant neighborhoods. But the nationwide protests that have followed George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer are also drawing attention to the stark socioeconomic differences between black and white Americans.

Despite its progressive image, Minneapolis struggles with some of the nation’s greatest racial inequities, including wide gaps in wealth and income that effectively exclude many of its black residents from the city’s prosperity.

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Persistent Poverty

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