Television turns its sights on Black wealth

Posted: August 11, 2008 in Commentary, success

In case you haven’t noticed, the television world is starting to focus on Black wealth–reality style.

This is a major step beyond the days of The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. These are real folks who were able to rise beyond the stereotype that all Blacks live in the ghetto.


Black class, as ‘reality’ would have it (LA Times)

‘Baldwin’ offers fresh take on black experience

Just a side note: The other day while looking up some infomation on the subject of the Black middle class, I couldn’t help but notice that a majority of the links I retrieved in Google portrayed this class as a “Yeah, but..” Here are some quick examples:

#Is the black middle class in trouble?
#Black Middle Class Could Shrink
#The Death of Black America: America’s Deluded Black Middle Class
#Downward mobility trend threatens black middle class
#Black middle class? A poor return on investment?

The quick translation of all of this is “Y’all negroes may have made it, but watch it! You could loose it all in an instant.” I also get this same vibe from folks I know personally.

Why do some of us feel the need to keep this fear of uncertainty and fear embedded in the minds of Blacks who reach some level of success?

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Comments
  1. Andre says:

    Why do some of us feel the need to keep this fear of uncertainty and fear embedded in the minds of Blacks who reach some level of success?

    Simple: MC Hammer and Mike Tyson

    I think there’s this notion that black Americans who have obtained wealth are unable to sustain it due – in part – to mismanagement. Particularly, rich black folks occasionally fall prey to foolish materialistic pursuits, poor accounting, and indiscretion (gambling, family/marital issues, legal problems, etc.).

    Now, I don’t think its fair to use a FEW instances and somehow apply it to ALL of black America. But its no secret that’s what the greater society tends to do.

  2. Give it a rest says:

    Simple: MC Hammer and Mike Tyson

    Jesus Christ Already!

    Turn off the Damn TV and pick up an issue of Black Enterprise.

    STOP EQUATING THE ACTIONS OF A FEW BLACK CELEBS WITH ALL OF BLACK AMERICA. Read up on black folks that are creating REAL WEALTH!

  3. Andre says:

    So, it’s clear that you didn’t read the last part of my comment (unfortunate, because my response was only nine lines long; seven without the paragraph breaks). So let me say it again:

    Now, I don’t think its fair to use a FEW instances and somehow apply it to ALL of black America. But its no secret that’s what the greater society tends to do.

    Sheesh.

  4. ummadam says:

    How many cases of inherited wealth is there in the black community? Like how old is the money, how many generations have wealthy blacks been able to sustain? Maybe one day I can get around to researching it, but if you know any names right off hand please share it.

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