Darren Walker on dismantling inequality

In an op-ed for CNN, Darren Walker lays out the Ford Foundation’s analysis of inequality and explains how it has fueled our reorganization. “By identifying what we see as inequality's five drivers, we encourage those working on any one of these issues to look more holistically, more systemically and more deeply at the solving the problem,” he writes. “We cannot focus solely on the economic piece of the puzzle, or look at racial or educational inequality in isolation. Doing so treats symptoms while ignoring the disease.”

Published in CNN | June 17, 2015
Darren Walker on dismantling inequality
By Darren Walker


Around the world today, the greatest threat to justice is inequality.

Inequality is the byproduct of systems and structures—intentional policies and ingrained prejudices—that have over many decades tilted the scales in favor of some, while limiting opportunity for many others.

Here's what we can do: Attack inequality at its roots.

Thanks to the roadmap outlined in Thomas Piketty's bestseller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” or Joseph Stiglitz's recent report on the importance of shared prosperity, we can identify the origins of inequality.

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