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Justice Sotomayor: Inequality Could Trigger 'Unrest' In U.S.

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Addressing the American Constitution Society in Washington, Sotomayor warned that “[a]s the wealth difference grows, we’re going to see, I suspect, many of the problems other countries have, the unrest other countries have,” the National Law Journal reported Thursday.

The remark was a response to her fellow speaker, civil rights leader Theodore Shaw, who said that preserving America's social mobility is “one of the most, if not the most, challenging issues of the 21st century.”

Sotomayor listed factors contributing to the country's wealth gap, focusing particularly on the rising cost of education: "[T]here’s a lot more of kids … across the spectrum who no longer have the hope to attend the schools we did.”