Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class

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Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class

“Structural racism” has become a buzzword in white progressive circles. But every time I push a white writer to break down the meaning behind the words without success, or I see a Black Lives Matter sign in an apartment window in a gentrified neighborhood where longtime residents of color are now priced out, I have to ask myself: How much we really know about the theoretically woke words we’re throwing around?

We’re finally starting to call out racial disparities, but do we understand the history that creates them? We pledge our allegiance to inclusiveness and shared power, but do we examine the roles our own lives play in maintaining policies, practices and cultures that continue to harm African-American friends and family, neighbors and co-workers?
 

‘Against All Odds’ Is Required Viewing for White Progressives

Inequality If we’re going to throw terms like “structural racism” around, we should understand what they mean and the work white people have to do. This film lays it out. By Greg Kaufmann | May 22, 2017 This post originally appeared at Talk Poverty. “Structural racism” has become a buzzword in white progressive circles.