I have a short op-ed on the future of the Black middle class at the New York Times Room for Debate. One commenter writes “sir, your essay is poppycock…[Blacks need to use] emerging technologies that can build us into global entrepreneurs and not just American ones”. Not quite sure there’s a point there, but it’s always nice to see ‘poppycock’ get some airtime.My co-debaters put a little more thought into their arguments. Mary Patillo of Northwestern investigates the family side of things: “middle-class blacks are more than three times as likely as middle-class whites to have a poor sibling. Public sector job loss and the resulting drop in public sector services means that already fragile middle-class families will be less able to lend a helping hand just as the needs of their extended family members rise.”And Michael Dawson of the University of Chicago writes that President Obama’s election created some initial enthusiasm amongst Blacks but that has since disappeared: “Once again, half of all blacks believe that racial equality either will not be achieved in their lifetimes or not at all within the U.S.”Not sure whether to file this under ‘hope’ or ‘change’.
At Least It Isn’t Balderdash
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