Great piece and so much truth. A college education does not guarantee equal footing or getting out of poverty. In fact, today because black students must incur so much student loan debt — it guarantees most of them will never get out of poverty. Poverty today simply looks different. Kids are going to college and coming home to live with their parents or piled up with roommates because they can’t afford to live on their own independently and pay back student loans. Some black college grads like my son can’t get upper level management jobs because White employers/managers tend to hire their own when it comes to giving promotions and decent pay increases, regardless of highly qualified minority candidates applying for the same job. Implicit bias in hiring processes play a role in our upward mobility.

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