Sharamar Muhammad does a masterful case study of such state-facilitated immorality in Philadelphia. The second approach was to highlight state predations such as the concentration of bars and houses of prostitution in Black neighborhoods, and rampant police corruption alongside unrestrained violence against Blacks. He vaguely touches on other cultural commonalities: Speaking to the issue of prostitution in the Black community, Muhammad noted that white liberals saw Black female prostitution as a racial defect and believed that the experience of slavery had challenged their capacity to be virtuous. Found it fascinating — and his analysis makes sense.

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Shelves: favorites This book should be read and digested by all, as it is important to everyone of every political influence and economic state. I must agree, no one belongs to the black community because there isnt really one. Black America, according the book is divided into four groups: 1. The Mainstream majority: everyday strivers committed to making it This book should be read and digested by all, as it is important to everyone of every political influence and economic state.

The Mainstream majority: everyday strivers committed to making it within the system, the majority of us. Oprah; 3. The Abandoned minority: group sadly caught in the vortex of urban pathology; deeply trapped in poverty- think the MS Delta, Barryfarms in DC; and 4.

The Emergent groups: mixed-race Americans, recent black immigrants- succeeding like ever before because of their ambition. In the last 40 years this has changed, and for some African Americans it has changed dramatically. The black community is a community no longer in the way that it was when Oprah was a hosting a local Tennessee radio show, Barack Obama was a toddler, and Tiger Woods was a newborn.

Black Americans, according to Robinson, can now be divided into four categories. The Transcendent are those like Condaleeza Rice, Colin Powell, and Obama who are richer or more powerful than any of us, black or white. The Mainstream are more than a third of black Americans who are now in the middle class, well educated, and earning above the median.

The second category of Emergent comprises immigrant blacks from Africa and the Caribbean. Black immigrants to the US are the best educated, hold the most degrees, and most likely to be professionals in their native land.

Ethiopians and Eritreans in the DC area are an example of such a group whose children are attending Ivy League schools, winning Rhodes Scholarships, and becoming the stars of their generation.

The last category is the 25 percent of blacks whom he calls the Abandoned, those who remained behind in what were once flourishing black areas like U Street in DC, Sweet Auburn in Atlanta, and prosperous all-black neighborhoods in Detroit, Chicago, and most other American cities. When discrimination eased those African Americans who could afford it moved to integrated suburbs, leaving behind those who could not afford to move. The once lively neighborhoods became wastelands of vacant lots, boarded up buildings, and pervasive crime and the residents left tended to be single mothers and their children and old people.

Drugs, failing schools, teenage pregnancies, gangs, and every other sort of disfunction made it increasingly difficult for the Abandoned to better their lot. Robinson backs up his categorization with statistics and some personal experience and I think he is perceptive about the lives of African Americans today. He explains clearly the irony that increasing opportunities for black Americans have had the effect of leaving some blacks behind with little hope or ambition.


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