The culture-of-poverty option
The black culture option
The racism exists option
All three, with some lean towards 1 & 2
Any combo, including government
Stupid black people! They should just try harder!
Race, or black culture, or anything else is not the problem. Every poor community of every race has lower drop out rates, bad decisions, gangs, drugs, jail ect. That is a bi product of poverty. Our society is set up so that the poor stay poor. There are different degrees of poverty and there is always the rare person who rises above it but that is not the norm. these things that certain people blame for poverty or keeping people in poverty like drugs really don't offer much different of an outcome than working a menial job for scraps and still staying in poverty. The idea that black people have it worse or some other crap is nothing but BS either. Poor is poor. poor white people, or poor brown people dont have any advantages that poor black people dont and rich black kids and rich white kids all have the same benefits. Ignoring the real issue and blaming racism hasn't worked and won't.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
The responses to threads like this are so predictable as most of them tend to follow the common narratives about black Americans that permeate society. I suppose I could waste my intellectual energy on explaining the complexity of the issue that is "black poverty", but it's such a fruitless effort. If people want to understand the issue, then there is plenty of easily accessible research available for them. But here's the problem, people don't want to understand the issue. People want to believe in narratives of the welfare queen, the violent black man, colorblindness, meritocracy and whatever other story (read: myth) white people have crafted in order to make themselves feel better about their role in the oppression of black Americans and hide, from themselves, the reality of how pervasive racism and its effects still are in our current society.
The bottom line is that any explanation that concludes the position of the black population in American society is a function of some deficiency of blacks and "black culture" is racist. Even further, those who advocate that explanation are racists and those who persistently remain silent in the face of that explanation are cowards.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
Culture does not exist in a vacuum independent of history - culture is wrapped in history.
As for the OP, Charles Murray laid out the numbers in Coming Apart : It is Culture of Poverty. The figures pretty much track each other regardless of what race you are in, if you make culturally poor choices, you have roughly the same likelihood of being poor socioeconomically as well. A larger portion of the African American populace has simply institutionalized some of these poor culture choices (single parenthood, unfinished education), due not a little to the incentives that they were offered to do so by our government. That, unfortunately, often confuses the conversation, where people mistake a preponderance of result for a cause or a focus.
There is indeed racism, however, presence of one factor does not mean that others are not predominate. Businesses and organizations actively seek out high-performing black individuals to promote because it makes them less vulnerable to attack. Additionally, there is a wealth of programs and funds largely aimed at shifting blacks up the socioeconomic ladder (college scholarships, for example. There are no "historically white colleges" anymore, but we do have "historically black" colleges) that do not exist for other ethnicities. So there are strong mitigants to that as a driver.
Last edited by cpwill; 04-02-14 at 01:12 PM.
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