Let me say this as bluntly as I can. The majority of the black populations of our cities are drowning in their own self pity. A small minority are making it out of that trap. The way out is not for white liberal do gooders like you to say or do ANYTHING. They've got to let go of 150 year old bull *censored* and take their lives by the horns. Get the education that is offered to them. Baltimore city spends close to $4,000.00 more per pupil than all of the surrounding counties but is failing miserably because the pupils AND their families are not invested in education. They've got to reject the images that are presented to them in Rap videos of thugs and hoes. Instead they see them as their role models.
You chose to shoot the messenger. I'm just stating the truth. The black community in general is free falling and you want to rearrange the furniture. Dr. Poussaint and Bill Cosby are critizied for bringing this topic to the front. But if there is any hope of turning this problem around, it has to first be acknowledged. If white liberals like you can't admit this problem exists and is pervasive, I don't know how the black people who are mired in it can be expected to. Read the damn book.
stockingfull wrote:No ancestor of mine ever lived south of Frederick, MD to my knowledge, nor had anything to do with slave ownership, so I have no more reason to feel personal guilt than your background gives you.
OK, then why are you so burdened with guilt over slavery? Modern day slavery is the welfare system that rewards not working and having children out of wedlock. It's a trap. Read some Malcom X while you're at it. He understood the problem over 40 years ago.