Thursday, August 12, 2010

Race, Wrongs, and Remedies

If you finish high school and keep a job without having children before marriage, you will almost certainly not be poor.   Period.

In 2004, the poverty rate among blacks who followed that formula was less than 6 percent, as opposed to the overall rate of 24.7 percent.

Even after hearing the earnest musings about employers who are less interested in people with names like Tomika, no one can gainsay the simple truth of that advice.   Crucially, neither bigotry nor even structural racism can explain why an individual does not live up to it.
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