I really enjoyed this interview with Harvard Professor, Raj Chetty and learning about how his use of Big Data can offer equality of opportunity to kids of disadvantaged backgrounds.
Although I loved his interview, I still don’t see the top 1% of the economic class working to create equality of opportunities to kids and families of disadvantaged backgrounds.
What I found in his research, which confirms my beliefs about the social-economic disadvantages of black men is that systems are consistently working to keep black men inferior to white men no matter where he come from and where he is today. Black men from disadvantaged backgrounds who go on to college aren’t presented the same economic opportunities as white men who attend the same college as them. Black men who are from good backgrounds, who attend elite schools as white men, aren’t presented the same economic opportunities as white men who attend those schools.
Black women who are from similar backgrounds as black men, who attended similar colleges are doing much better than black men who attended those similar schools, but not as good as white men and white women who attended similar schools.
As long as systems created by the one percent, which are designed to keep disadvantaged people at an economic disadvantage are in place; systems such as, housing, welfare, education and incarceration, the gap between the poor, middle class and the American Dream will remain as wide as the Red Sea.
– Jameel Davis