Documentary: Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class (2017). Although some families are doing better, black wealth remains shockingly meager compared to that of white Americans. Nearly 40 percent of black children in America are poor, and what is probably unknown and perhaps a shock to many, for every dollar of wealth in the hands of the average white family the typical black family has little more than a nickel.
Acclaimed journalist Bob Herbert explores the often heroic efforts of black families to pursue the American dream in the face of unrelenting barriers. This film takes a detailed look at the harsh and often brutal discrimination that has made it extremely difficult for African-Americans to establish, and maintain, a middle-class standard of living.
The archival footage and truths revealed in this film may be difficult for some to watch; however, the only way to move forward is to be aware of, and acknowledge, the past. The full film is available for viewing at PBS.