Baltimore seems to be the great Black dream: the mayor is Black, the Chief of Police is Black and about half the police force (including some of those charged with Freddie Gray’s death) are Black. All this under a twice-elected Black President. Yet things are clearly going south. What’s going on?In a word? Class. Eugene Robinson talks about this in a book he wrote a few years back called Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America. In it, he makes the case that as an unintended consequence of the Civil Rights Era, Black America has actually splintered or broken apart into what he argues are four distinct “mini-Black Americas” – which are not only distinct from each other, but are increasingly, to use Charles Murray’s title of his excellent book, “coming apart”.The most isolated subgroup here are what Robinson calls The Abandoned – which brings us to Baltimore.
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