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US has a 'deep racial wealth gap'

The Black Lives Matter movement was originally formed in 2013 after a Hispanic man was acquitted in the shooting death of a black teenager. It grew to greater prominence after a white policeman killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri the following year. At that time, DeRay McKesson was a teacher living in Minnesota. The events unfolding over 500 miles away compelled him take the nine hour drive to join protesters, calling for an end to the violence and an improvement in community relations. Roger Hearing speaks to him about his activism work since then and the economic factors playing into America’s racial struggles.

(Photo: DeRay McKesson. Credit: Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

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