Black People : The Destruction of the Black Middle Class

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Bootzey

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The pendulum is shifting. The middle class arose in the 1st place because there were employment and educational opportunities that are currently slowing disappearing. I look at my parents who lived in what I would call poverty in their early years who were able to educate themselves and leave their old lives behind. I didn't grow up having to have several jobs to make ends meet and having 15 other siblings in a 3 bedroom house. I never had to pick cotton or do field work. But now, that same path does not lead to improvement or even to the same standard of living. Having a college degree is no longer special. Everyone has one. You don't even have to physically step on a campus anymore to obtain one. And there are plenty of people with advanced degrees who are doing blue collar work because the opportunities aren't there anymore. Now a days, there is only 2 classes: the rich and the poor. They are the only people unaffected by the economy.
 

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The pendulum is shifting. The middle class arose in the 1st place because there were employment and educational opportunities that are currently slowing disappearing. I look at my parents who lived in what I would call poverty in their early years who were able to educate themselves and leave their old lives behind. I didn't grow up having to have several jobs to make ends meet and having 15 other siblings in a 3 bedroom house. I never had to pick cotton or do field work. But now, that same path does not lead to improvement or even to the same standard of living. Having a college degree is no longer special. Everyone has one. You don't even have to physically step on a campus anymore to obtain one. And there are plenty of people with advanced degrees who are doing blue collar work because the opportunities aren't there anymore. Now a days, there is only 2 classes: the rich and the poor. They are the only people unaffected by the economy.

I feel yah, but I don't think you understand what I'm asking you to do...I. e., post articles which present an overview of what the middle class is going thru, above and beyond what you're going thru as an individual...FYI...
 

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The lack of comments on this thread either reveals most of the posters here aren't or won't admit it on this forum...Is that a reflection of their relationship to the black middle class, since they aren't or won't help the rest of us, the heck with them, too? So much for unity being based on merely shared ancestry etc. Basing real unity etc. on the basis of shared morals/ethics/concenrn/a plan of action to preserve/protect/etc. our current communities--not being down with our 'hood'...not condoning any and every means/ways/etc. to make a buck...would make better since...Leave the black middle class off the hook when past movments gave the oppotunities to get college degrees/careers etc.-- without expecting them to give back something to the people those movements hoped to aid though fell a bit short...of course!

I see this whole situation as primarily one of education and effective action on commercial matters, IMHO.
 

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