The Coming Challenge (Collapse) of the African American Middle Class
By paul f renda
The African American civil rights movement is stuck in the 1970s. It has not kept up with the impact of the rise of Asian economies, immigration, or technological changes with respect to African Americans.
One of the most dramatic factors of Asian immigration can be seen in our school systems. Stuyvesant is an elite high school in New York City. Today, Asians make up 70% of the student body, while white children make up about 25% and African Americans are about 1%. Stuyvesant’s enrollment reflects the enrollment at elite high schools across the country. If white students want to be in the middle class, they will have to start performing at the same level as their Asian peers in the US and Asia. This will become the new normal.
Indian and Chinese family incomes are now greater than white family incomes. A major argument by civil rights groups is that African American family incomes are lower than those of white families due to institutional racism. I believe that Asians have higher incomes because they seem to have greater entrepreneur zeal and performance in school. That is, they perform better and take more advanced math and computer courses, as opposed to social studies or ethnic studies classes.
The deindustrialization of the United States has decimated the white and African American middle classes. Today, IBM employs more people in India than in the United States. The Chinese will have the largest economy and middle class in the world within the next 1 to 5 years, if not sooner. One factor that people don’t know about the Chinese is their very negative opinion toward Africans and African Americans. I urge every African American mother or father to read the book China’s Second Continent by Howard W. French. In page 113, Li states: “These people (Africans) expect the government to do everything for them…They expect help from the U.N. They wait around for help rather than working.”
Logistics is the movement of material or people from one place to another. Examples of people involved in logistics jobs are bus drivers, postal workers, deliverymen, and warehouse workers. My cousins (Italian American) had good jobs as mailmen and bus drivers—solid middle-class jobs that enabled them to put their kids through college, have a house, and in general, live middle-class lifestyles. Unfortunately, many of those jobs are now going away (due to drones and robots). African Americans are disproportionately involved in jobs related to logistics. These jobs were good vehicles for African Americans to advance into the middle-class. Yet, nobody in Washington has the foresight to see that a large number of jobs are going away as they look to replace them.
by paul f renda