This inane statement makes me realize that anti-black critics cannot see anything of value in our culture or history. For example, why do some African American children do poorly in school?
Coleman Hughes, Quillette, July 19, There is arguably no racial disparity more striking than the wealth gap. If it were, then we would expect American states that practiced slavery to be richer than those that did not.
Yet we see precisely the opposite. After World War II, whites received the vast majority of government-backed mortgage loans. Meanwhile, deprived of such wealth transfers, poverty became a permanent trap for blacks. These laws existed untilwhen the Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional.
Nor can historical racism explain wealth disparities between groups of the same race. Still, there is a kernel of truth to it. Researchers at Brandeis followed a nationally representative set of 1, families from to and measured their wealth gains over that period.
But even if that combined 32 percent could be automatically ascribed to historical racism which it cannotthat would still leave 68 percent of the gap to be explained by other factors. In short, many commentators have zoomed in on the fraction of the story that can be told without discomfort but have ignored the rest.
Reading Baradaran, Rothstein, and Coates, one gets the impression that there is nothing blacks could do to improve their lot—outside of asking the government for radical policy solutions.
Indeed, there are certain elements of black American culture that, if changed, would allow blacks to amass wealth to a degree that no government policy would be likely to match.
No element of culture harms black wealth accrual more directly than spending patterns.
To what extent do poor spending habits explain the persistence of the wealth gap? Economists at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania asked this question after analyzing 16 years of nationally representative data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey.
To make matters worse, spending patterns are just one part of a larger set of financial skills on which blacks lag behind. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Thus, unfair as it may seem, blacks can now do more for themselves than either whites or the government can do for them.
If the problem were simply a lack of cash, then the government would be the ideal candidate. Herein lies one of the many issues with reparations: How, exactly, does one go about changing something as complex and distributed as culture? On this point, the history of formerly lagging ethnic groups is instructive.
Whether measured by rates of alcoholism, high school graduation, or income, Irish-Americans used to lag far behind other American ethnic groups. While some Irish leaders blamed society, others, notably those in the Catholic Church, launched an inward-looking campaign to change behavioral patterns within the Irish community.
By contrast, I do not know of a single instance in which an underachieving ethnic minority rose to economic prominence by asking the government for cash transfers, preferential policies in education and employment, or apologies for past injustices.No element of culture harms black wealth accrual more directly than spending patterns.
Nielsen, one of the world’s leading market research firms, keeps extensive data on American consumer behavior, broken down demographically. American Pop culture and American culture as a whole is influenced by black culture not just music and the arts.
Ford F now comes with a chrome package which includes 20 inch rims. The rims on cars are getting bigger and bigger every year because the car companies want to please the masses. In all African American culture has grown from a deep well of influence including West Africa, the Caribbean, the American South, and the large urban centers of the United States.
African American actors, directors, authors, artist and musicians have helped to create a diverse American talent that has greatly enhance the lives of both black.
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As someone who grew up with a much stronger sense of my black American roots, and an understanding of African culture distilled primarily through an American sensibility, I .
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