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Being Black, living in the red : race, wealth, and social policy in America

Conley, Dalton, 1969-

Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press ©1999

Available at Central Connecticut State University  Stack Level 3  (E185.8 C77 1999 )()

  • Title:
    Being Black, living in the red : race, wealth, and social policy in America
  • Author/Creator: Conley, Dalton, 1969-
  • Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press
  • Creation Date: ©1999
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: viii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-201) and index.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-201) and index.
  • Subjects: African Americans -- Economic conditions; African Americans -- Social conditions -- 1975-; Social classes -- United States -- History -- 20th century; United States -- Race relations; United States -- Social policy -- 1980-1993; United States -- Social policy -- 1993-
  • Description: What is more important -- race or class -- in determining the socioeconomic success of the blacks and whites born since the civil rights triumphs of the 1960s? When compared to whites, African Americans complete less formal schooling, work fewer hours at a lower rate of pay and are more likely to give birth to a child out of wedlock and to rely on welfare. Are these differences attributable to race per se, or are they the result of differences in socioeconomic background between the two groups?
    Being Black, Living in the Red demonstrates that many differences between blacks and whites stem not from race but from economic inequalities that have accumulated over the course of American history. Property ownership -- as measured by net worth -- reflects this legacy of economic oppression. The racial discrepancy in wealth holdings leads to advantages for whites in the form of better schools, more desirable residences, higher wages, and more opportunities to save, invest, and thereby further their economic advantages.
    Dalton Conley shows how factoring parental wealth into a reconceptualization of class can lead to a different future for race policy in the United States. As it currently stands, affirmative action programs primarily address racial diversity in schooling and work -- areas that Conley contends generate paradoxical results with respect to racial equity. Instead he suggests an affirmative action policy that fosters minority property accumulation, thereby encouraging long-term wealth equity, or one that -- while continuing to address schooling and work -- is based on social class as defined by family wealth levels rather than on race.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-201) and index.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-201) and index.
  • Contents: Wealth matters
    Forty acres and a mule; historical and contemporary obstacles to Black property accumulation
    From financial to social to human capital; assets and education
    Up the down escalator; wealth, work, and wages
    It takes a village? premarital childbearing and welfare dependency
    Getting into the Black; conclusions and policy implications.
  • OCLC Number: 40298460
    45733479
  • Identifier: ISBN0520216725;ISBN9780520216723;ISBN0520216733;ISBN9780520216730;LCCN 98049951