Nick Kristof may not be the best spokesman for racial inequality in America (and maybe neither am I), but he has had the courage and decency to speak out. The fourth installment in his series "When Whites Just Don't Get It" points out that the ongoing legacy of slavery — which persisted in the form of convict labor well after the Civil War — segregation, and discrimination perpetuates significant disparities in wealth and opportunity between whites and African Americans to this day. As Kristof also points out, this disparity is something that white America is loath either to confront or acknowledge. We cannot do the work that is necessary to create equal opportunity in America until we recognize that there is work to be done. That recognition continues to be well overdue.