The Growing Black Divide

20141123_164835There is a growing divide in the black community. There are those who are socially and economically viable within the system and have been “accepted.” There is another “class” of black people who are not a functioning part of the prevailing social economic system and they are being left behind. There are many reasons there are areas in the inner city where education, schools, libraries, and the etc are neglected or nonexistent. These are the tools that one needs to gain the skills that are all l but required to attain a successful career. This creates a deep despair and a sense of hopelessness in these communities that may in some cases be generationally insurmountable.

There is growing sentiment among socially economically “successful” blacks to separate themselves from the blacks who are not accepted. I feel this is all but natural as the experiences of these two groups is most times completely different. One simply cannot understand the plight of the other and or they feel no connection to the other “class.” Many of the blacks who have “made it” feel that they deserve their reward because of hard work, education, perseverance and by accepting to adhere to the prevailing social rules. Many do not believe that the dividing line is drawn along racial lines and that anyone can make it regardless of race, as they are living examples.

Many in the black underclass who are being left behind feel that the barrier is purely racial. They don’t see the lack of education and adherence to social rules as being the issue. In my opinion this is a defense mechanism (the other class also has defense mechanisms) set in place to cope with the possible hopelessness of the reality. It’s not just your skin color, but how you walk, talk and present yourself to other people. It’s more about self presentation and confidence, which is a very difficult thing to attain in a lot of inner city neighborhoods where the tools to gain them are simply not there.

I write this in response to the protests and activists who are making this purely a racial issue. Sure there are white people who will always hate black people and black people who will always hate and mistrust white folk. But the times are changing and a majority of people have gotten past this. It’s all about money now.  If you can generate income or increase profitability you can be pink striped purple and be accepted- and I mean accepted by the “white ruling class.” I understand it can be very hard for someone trapped in the black underclass to accept that. I can see how getting over that hump may seem impossible if you “can’t” talk the talk or walk the walk of the prevailing system. Sometimes gaining this acceptance is seen as “selling out” and many in the underclass see those are functioning in the system as just that.

The black “upperclass” (for lack of a better word) is identifying less and less with the other class. Many are leaving and/ or separating themselves from the other class of blacks and simply going on with their lives. Times have changed and so has life and the skills and tools to survive in this life. Many people white and black generationally will be unable to make this change. Everybody ain’t gonna make it. Some will be left behind and I feel that a natural process in social evolution. Its a fight, its a struggle to survive and it is by any means necessary.