Skip to comments.Middle-Class Dream Eludes African American Families
Posted on 11/13/2007 6:28:17 AM PST by shrinkermd
Nearly half of African Americans born to middle-income parents in the late 1960s plunged into poverty or near-poverty as adults, according to a new study -- a perplexing finding that analysts say highlights the fragile nature of middle-class life for many African Americans.
Overall, family incomes have risen for both blacks and whites over the past three decades. But in a society where the privileges of class and income most often perpetuate themselves from generation to generation, black Americans have had more difficulty than whites in transmitting those benefits to their children.
Forty-five percent of black children whose parents were solidly middle class in 1968 -- a stratum with a median income of $55,600 in inflation-adjusted dollars -- grew up to be among the lowest fifth of the nation's earners, with a median family income of $23,100. Only 16 percent of whites experienced similar downward mobility. At the same time, 48 percent of black children whose parents were in an economic bracket with a median family income of $41,700 sank into the lowest income group.
This troubling picture of black economic evolution is contained in a package of three reports being released today by the Pew Charitable Trusts that test the vitality of the American dream. Using a nationally representative data source that for nearly four decades has tracked people who were children in 1968, researchers attempted to answer two questions: Do Americans generally advance beyond their parents in terms of income? How much is that affected by race and gender?
"We are attempting to broaden the current debate" beyond the growing gap between higher- and lower-income Americans, said John Morton, Pew's managing director for program planning and economic policy. "There is little out there on the question of mobility across generations, and we wanted to examine that."
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You can thank the snake Johnson and his Great Society give away, why work?
More entitlements I sense.
It is Bush’s Fault, Hurricane Katrina, the 2000 selection, not election, Republicans and Reagan, I think I covered it all.
Adding to your list: divorce...sexual promiscuity and resulting pregnancies...expansion of welfare programs...encouragement of the victim mentality...generalized decay of the culture
And, how many tried to better themselves by working hard, studying, going to school, joining the military & gaining an education THAT way, like me?
How many just sat back & waited for the gov't to help them?
Frankly, since white folks are not permitted to discuss such issues without being labeled a racist or bigot, I have ceased to be concerned why it is that the dream is not being realized.
The Great Society, a creation of Lyndon Baines Johnson, was an attempt to eliminate poverty, but in reality, provided African Americans with an easy, fast-track to a place where they became wards of the state and had their, until that time, strong nuclear family ethic destroyed by government money that encouraged out-of-wedlock births. Unemployment was encouraged by relatively high welfare payments and African-American men started to provide "stud service" to African-American women who were interested in the welfare checks awarded for each child in poverty. A certain percentage of the check was to be forwarded to the man. This resulted in large numbers of African-American families without strong, male role models and self-perpetuating "underclass".
I consider it an act of genocide inflicted on the African-American society by the Democrat Party.
The parents who were middle class in 1968 would presumably have had their formative years in the 40's and 50's, pre-civil rights era. The children, on the other hand, would have grown up in the 60's and 70's. A working hypothesis would be that the civil rights agenda has not been kind to black children.
I call BS.
About 55% of my clients are Black. Many of them are “ordinary” people that have a higher net worth than I do and certainly higher than their parents do.
Do some fall to poverty? Sure. I think just as many move UP from it.
70% born out of wedlock.
It’s election time. The MSM and liberal think tanks must create some more black and minority victimhood.
How many now?
That's the answer.
Most white families have two bread-earners in the household much of the time, while most African-American households have one.
It is really not that perplexing. The downward trend coincides with the rise in popularity of the civil rights movement in which blacks were convinced they were a victim of the white man's society, coupled with the ever popular welfare system and affirmative action plans.
They haven’t been watching “My Sweet 16” show. At least half the snotty little rich kids on there are black.
BTW, I don’t watch it but when channel surfing it’s pause for a snort of disgust.
Could it be that there has been a decrease in two-parent families since LBJ’s “War on Poverty” replaced Black fathers with the welfare check? The surest predictor of poverty, school dropouts, and juvenile crime is the lack of a father in the home.
Well, in the segment you posted, no "explanation" was offered, it just discussed the problem (and no, I'm not about to visit the WP website to find out).
But the obvious cause is the "new black cultchah" that "avoids acting white" by not doing things like learning to read and speak well, studying and making decent grades in school, "getting knocked up" for the females (and "knocking up" for the males), getting married and staying married. Simple things like that.
And I wonder why these studies never look at asian-americans and why they are so successful.
Despite the massive drive toward the abject dead-end that is socialism, by the media, Hollywood and academia, the American dream is alive and well.
If most blacks are not on board, it is their own fault.
Theirs and NO ONE else’s.
There's a zillion ways to make money. Living with your mother playing video games and sports by day and getting girls pregnant by night is not very lucrative tho.
Sadly it is also a telling window into our society.
The downward death spiral of our entire society, encapsulated in a stupid TV show.
With the "Great Society" and the affirmative action plans of the Liberals, they've managed to keep 'em "on the plantation" now, haven't they?
So long as they are indoctrinated into a "blame whitey" and "we'll take care of you with Gubmint programs" mentaltiy, the hip-hop/rap rhetoric will keep them from achieving any semblance of self-respect, self-motivation, and self-reliance.
No amount of mandatory "diversity training" or "sensitivity training" will change the fact that personal responsibility is the path to success in any endeavor.
I worked as a substitute teacher in the Houston ISD for a while in the 1970’s and again in the 1980’s. A lot of the kids in some of the “inner city” schools where I was worked hard to get to school, get a diploma and go on to college. There were others whose only interest was to disrupt the class and keep others from learning. I’m assuming that some of those kids who are now adults are among those who find that the middle class eludes them.
I read that this morning. Good article.
90.5% of the bottom quintile moved up at least one quintile in within 9 years.
The thrust of the article on THIS thread is that America must still be systemically racist, and that’s why blacks cannot be upwardly mobile.
No, wouldn’t have anything to do with coddling and subsidizing irresponsibility in an entire culture, with these subsidies being granted solely on skin color, now, would it?
Could we assume those were the females who became unwed mothers?
Yes, my grandparents must have had the fantasy of living under Jim Crow implanted by the Democrats. Legal segregation did not really exist.
The truth is, it is a lot harder to build a strong family without two parents and two incomes. A single mother is going to have a hard time, even if she comes from a middle class background. When 70% of black children are born out of wedlock, it isn't surprising that economic progress has began to reverse.
Keep any class or group of people doped up on narcotic welfare and you’ll pave the road to eternal poverty.
“a perplexing finding”
Hmmm. I wonder if they factored in such things as teen pregnancy, dropout rates, prison time?
From everything I have been able to find on the subject, black literacy rates were higher several generations ago than they are now.
I like your thinking.
Disintegration of the Black family unit and the coarsening of elements of the Black society - obviously intertwined - all deriving from secularization, particularly from the media, and removal from traditional religion and the Lord God.
These ills obviously affect all skin colors today, and particularly the Blacks.
Stop thinking and scream “Power to the people.”
Class warfare feels so much better than blaming oneself for failure. At least thats how many operate. Drugs, broken families, a sub-culture that largely advocates a self destructive lifestyle..... no let’s rather not go there, that wouldnt feel good and could even get labeled as racist.
You mention correlation. Do you really think that the author of this article or many others propagating this sort of nonsense care? They have something they think substantiates their pre-existing belief, and so they run off on their tangent.
Its culture that makes wealth, not vice versa.
Yeah, that is a good observation.
We’ve been told that if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Somehow, some people never learned that to make lemonade, you gotta squeeze some lemons.
“Hey, where’s my lemonade?” they whine.
I sincerely hope you forgot your sarcasm tag.
Its sometimes necessary to kick the kids out of the house "ready or not". We're long past that time w/ blacks and they're apologists.
Did I miss it? Certainly there must be a “blame Whitey” in there somewhere.
Sorry, but I don’t do PC.
Are you “The Dog”? LOL..
Yeah, there’s a boatload of other ethnic groups in this country too (including Caucasians) where the $500K 2400 sq foot crappy built 1/4 acre lot McMansions American Dream are out of reach.
Bingo. Divorce, cultural changes and pressures, drugs and expansion of welfare programs.
Also, add the rapid decline of the inner cities from the 1960’s.