Studies from the Poverty and Race Research Action Council in Washington D.C. demonstrate that all major metropolitan areas in the country have existing patterns of residential segregation. This issue has contributed to economic inequalities of not just black and white Americans, but all other people as well. Yet, the inequality remains the most striking between black and white Americans. African Americans generally have less upward economic mobility in high poverty and racially concentrated neighborhoods than others who live in non-segregated neighborhoods. White Americans do experience poverty but at a rate that is far less persistent than minorities. Our government policies should acknowledge the racial inequalities of poverty and seek to address it, so that communities don’t continue in a repeating cycle of poverty and hindered opportunity.