Many blacks lack access to prosperity, Gore says

July 17, 1998
As his expected presidential bid continues to take form, Vice President Gore did a little preaching to the choir today, telling thousands of NAACP members that too many African Americans are excluded from the benefits of the nation's prosperity.
     Amplifying a theme discussed throughout the NAACP's annual convention here, Gore cited wide disparities in black and white wealth, education and health statistics as causes for concern.  Gore criticized Republicans for opposing Clinton administration efforts to combat racial discrimination and expand opportunities for minority communities.
     He also blamed Congress for cutting proposals to increase after-school programs, provide summer jobs and strengthening civil rights enforcement.