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Marching in place

50 years later, economic disparities remain, and athletes aren't always helping

Updated: August 29, 2013, 2:29 AM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

When I read about the $450,000 military-grade Gurkha F5 J.R. Smith rolled through the streets of New York in earlier this month, I felt pinned between two reactions.

One was a shoulder shrug. It's Smith's money and he can drop half a million on a depreciating asset if he wants to.

The other, a dropped head. More than 20 percent of the city lives in poverty -- well above the nationwide average of 15.9 percent -- so I couldn't help but wonder how many people that half of a million ...

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