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What's Really Wrong With Ferguson?

Police-minority tension is an old problem, going back to the establishment of the first city police departments in the U.S. So is the web of disadvantage that feeds the tension.

Why Are Women-Owned Businesses So Small?

Women own 30 percent of privately owned businesses but generate just 11 percent of sales, according to federal statistics.

Want The Trouble in Ferguson to End?

A desire to heal emotional wounds is understandable, but it can also be a distraction. Police accountability is what really keeps the peace and makes us safe.

In Ferguson, a Tragically Familiar History Repeats

If police departments haven't yet learned lessons from Ferguson, Selma, or New York City, we must take swift action to write them into law.

What President Obama Did for 'Dreamers' in 2012, He Should Do Again

Two years ago, the administration eliminated the threat of deportation for more than a half-million young people. With Congress intent on blaming that program for current probl...

The Lending Model That Bypasses the Bankers

Disparities in access to capital help drive inequality. For that to change, innovative new lenders have to weaken Wall Street's hold on credit.

An African-American Student Experiences a Different Kind of Diversity in Southeast Asia

Given the way the U.S. population is changing, it has become critical that more Americans develop a nuanced sense of the rest of the world.

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What's Really Wrong With Ferguson?

Police-minority tension is an old problem, going back to the establishment of the first city police departments in the U.S. So is the web of disadvantage that feeds the tension.

Why Are Women-Owned Businesses So Small?

Women own 30 percent of privately owned businesses but generate just 11 percent of sales, according to federal statistics.

Want The Trouble in Ferguson to End?

A desire to heal emotional wounds is understandable, but it can also be a distraction. Police accountability is what really keeps the peace and makes us safe.

In Ferguson, a Tragically Familiar History Repeats

If police departments haven't yet learned lessons from Ferguson, Selma, or New York City, we must take swift action to write them into law.

What President Obama Did for 'Dreamers' in 2012, He Should Do Again

Two years ago, the administration eliminated the threat of deportation for more than a half-million young people. With Congress intent on blaming that program for current probl...

The Lending Model That Bypasses the Bankers

Disparities in access to capital help drive inequality. For that to change, innovative new lenders have to weaken Wall Street's hold on credit.

An African-American Student Experiences a Different Kind of Diversity in Southeast Asia

Given the way the U.S. population is changing, it has become critical that more Americans develop a nuanced sense of the rest of the world.

Show More
 
About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.