The Black Middle Class: Between Two Worlds

The black middle class has everything the white middle class has, except a feeling that it really fits in

By any standard, Jarobin Gilbert is a success. A Harvard-educated linguist with degrees in international law and finance, he commands a handsome salary as a globe-trotting NBC vice president who negotiated the broadcast rights to the 1988 Olympic Games. But every so often, Gilbert is rudely reminded that for people like him, there are still some things success cannot provide -- simple things, like a taxicab. Late leaving for the airport to catch an important business flight, Gilbert stood on a busy avenue futilely hailing cab after speeding cab. Finally he phoned his secretary for assistance. She got one on her...

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