Are Poor Black Americans Screwed?

Straight Up: African Americans' concerns about a third of the community shouldn't be ignored.

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It is time for black leadership to speak to "the worry." To come together and to plan for a real multipronged attack on "the worry." That edge of concern embedded in the rhetorical question from much of the black middle class -- "We're screwed, aren't we?" -- is real. It is time for leadership to focus on providing some real answers, not merely contending for the next 30-second sound bite on the evening news.

Lawrence D. Bobo is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University.

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