Race Problem or Crime Problem?

The public overwhelmingly supports peaceful protests against police violence, but other kinds of crowds are relevant too. Take the crowds that turn out routinely when charter-school places are up for grabs. Or the crowd so large that police were needed when a Chicago housing project invited residents to participate in a lottery that would relocate a random few to suburban communities with functional schools and job markets.

Why does this matter? What many Americans consider the intractable problem of race relations may actually…

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