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There are different ways of measuring fragmentation and polarization. But however you measure it, it is extreme, and it is accelerating.
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CONVERSATION

Veteran racial-justice advocate john a. powell talks about the limits of campaigns for equity. In a conversation with the Chronicle, Powell and racism expert Stephen Menendian discuss a hopeful new way to pursue equity.

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    Leaders and advocates debate what it will take to strengthen communities, civil society, and the country.
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    Philanthropists and grant makers point to where philanthropy can make a difference.
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    Democracy is stronger than self-justifying, plutocratic philanthropy suggests, skeptics argue.
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