Wealth disparity

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Why are some people rich and others poor? Answering this elusive question has been the lifelong work of economist William (Sandy) Darity. Darity was an observant child, and from an early age he picked up on how wealth disparities divide communities. 

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The divide between America's top earners and the rest of the population is wide and getting wider. 

Many experts point to the way in which the so-called "one percent" have used their economic power to tighten their grip on privilege as one reason for the widening gap.

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Church and city leaders in New Bern are hosting a  conference to explore racial and economic divisions within the local community.

Pastor Dawn Baldwin Gibson of Peletah Ministries says racial divisions contribute to economic disparity in New Bern.

The event will feature discussions on community development, but there will also be a racial reconciliation service this evening.