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After Ferguson, Grant Makers Seek Solutions to Racial-Justice Issues

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“The shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., and the police response to the protests that followed have galvanized philanthropic leaders to explore ways to devote more attention to long-simmering racial justice issues. Foundations at both the local and national levels have been conferencing about what needs to be done to tackle questions like the suburbanization of police accountability, and harmful stereotypes about young black men. […] ���This has become an all-too-familiar scenario in America,� La June Montgomery Tabron, head of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, said. […] ���The law-enforcement and justice systems in our nation are broken and must be immediately addressed. [��_] ���They are tinderboxes just waiting to explode.� Mr. Voeller says the Ford Foundation includes suburbs in its community-development programs in metropolitan areas. Among its efforts, the foundation provides grants to the Brookings Institution to do research on suburban poverty. Its findings were reported in a book issued last year.”

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