The Nation: The Underclass: Enduring Dilemma

Anybody who looks at a slum knows that not all blacks have made impressive economic and social advances, that huge numbers are weighed down by weariness and desolation. Indeed the nation's 24 million blacks are split into three groups of roughly equal size. Almost one-third have family incomes of $10,000 or more and enjoy many of the amenities of middle-class status. Another one-third, earning between $4,500 and $10,000, are either on the lower edges of the middle class or stand a fair chance of lifting themselves into it. Beneath them lies still another...

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