Is the concern over Black Americans and poverty really the intractable guilt over slavery? If so, I would like this to be admitted, rather than, perhaps, couch the concern in statistics that may prove to be not too different from statistics for some states' rural whites?
Maybe for some Americans it's not so much guilt
as the willingness to admit some responsibility for the laws that either they or their ancestors voted to enact that resulted in the conditions in this country that effectively put a lock on education and home or land ownership and economic parity with whites for most blacks until forty years ago.
But I think the author was speaking (in terms of race) culturally
- not genetically
. And if makes sense to me that middle class blacks probably do
closer and more familiar with the mores of middle class whites, than with people who share an entirely different lifestyle from theirs. I know as a middle class person, I feel more familiar and consistently in agreement with the cultural mores of the middle class black people I know than I do with the poor white people I meet (even though I myself am white).
But yes economically
- the divide is consistently enlarging among all
racial groups- but money doesn't instill class or culture in a person. That's my point- and I think culturally- the sort of divisions in behavior and language that you used to see are lessening, not widening.
*I am concerned about poor whites- they face the same challenges of poor people of any race, and in alot of ways, they've been priced out of their chance to further their education, buy a home, access decent health care and achieve economic success for themselves and their children.
And unless I vote to change that situation, I will feel guilty and/or somewhat responsible for the continued ensuing mess.