The New York Times recently published this article Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys
The article discusses the fact that for decades, Americans have believed the best way to end racial inequality is to end class inequality. But, a landmark 30-year study is debunking that logic, with catastrophic results indicating that when corrected for all other variables, race is the deciding factor in whether Black men can get rich or stay rich if they manage to get rich in the mainstream population.
This article was the study in question, but there is also a podcast that deals with a particular location (the town of Silver Springs) where the statement: “99% of black men, even if they were raised in wealth, they will likely end up being poor through the forces of systemic racism.”
“As a Black man you learn to live with the reality that no matter how far up you may move through life, it can always be taken away from you in an instant…” — William O. Jawando
The informative podcast mentioned above features Emily Badger, who writes about cities and urban policy for The Upshot; William O. Jawando, who worked in the Obama administration on My Brother’s Keeper, a mentoring initiative for black boys.
This is a podcast worth listening to. Click here to listen.
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