Middle class and two loving supportive parents. My dad grew up poor country. Like real deal poor country. Dirt floor and tar paper walls poor. He worked his arse off his entire life. Supported his family and held his marriage together. Consequently, my siblings and I are doing fairly well for ourselves, thanks to hard work and student loans.
So is this thanks to being white, or hardwork and sacrifice?
Probably all of them. I don't think you can separate them.
There is definitely a correlation between white and a host of positive outcomes and less negative ones. If you are white, you are more likely to be born into a two parent household (compared to blacks) which is a big indicator of success.
Whites are more likely to go to college, less likely to be in prison, less likely to get arrested for drugs, etc. Correlation does not imply causation but certainly there is something there.
There is definitely an advantage for being white in america.
I think the better argument to make is that moving the starting line doesn't fix the problem. Giving blacks a head start is not going to help them in the end, in fact, it may hurt. Instead we should focus our energy (if we want to solve the problem, I personally don't) on trying to get blacks to have fewer children out of wedlock. And reforming our justice system.
This post was edited on 1/17 at 10:58 am