People live in the projects mainly because they can't afford to live anywhere better. Mostly, they can't afford to live anywhere better because they've made bad choices in life that have limited their ability to earn.
30 or 40 years ago, maybe even 20, there was some basis for blaming racism for the poverty of minorities. That has changed. I've known far too many black professionals, programmers, engineers, supervisors, managers or business owners to believe it is still a major factor. When I pass through the state college campus, I see as many minority students as I do white students.
Hey, a new day has finally dawned, when race is no longer a big deal. Why can't we recognize that and be happy about it? Heck, I am. It was about time and I'm glad I lived to see it.