Black people have plenty to be angry about and spend quite a bit of time being angry. They express much of that anger toward themselves in a variety of self destructive behaviors: fratricidal gang violence, hedonistic indulgence, self medication, and disdain for other Black people and Black communities, compounded by anger over being angry and disappointed in one’s people. This is the paradox of the post Civil Rights Movement Black America: increased high school and college degrees and expanded dropout rates, an expanded middle and professional class and an expanded underclass growing farther apart, exponential growth in black elected officials, perhaps soon including the U.S. presidency, and exponential growth in black incarceration and subsequent loss of voting rights in many states, increasing incomes for some, frozen or decreasing wealth for the majority, select, high profile celebrities in all fields of endeavor and millions of invisible, desperate, hard working, disaffected people. The powerful use those who succeed under the terms of mainstream society to bludgeon that suffering, black working class majority, offering comfort for compliance while the state institutions continue to fail.
In several important areas, African Americans continue to be underserved. Dilapidated public education characterizes the schooling of too many majority Black school districts, urban, suburban, and rural. Police forces over-police Black communities and Black people, continue to brutalize and murder Blacks, and continue to be exonerated by police commissions and juries. Medical care prices are out of reach. City and county governments allow neighborhoods to become trash dumps, abandoning housing projects to criminal elements inevitably present in all communities. Developers and real estate interests, including Black developers, price Black families out of their traditional neighborhoods through gentrification projects. The recent foreclosure crisis represented one of the greatest transfers of Black held wealth in U.S. history since the theft of labor under legal chattel slavery. An entire city of Black folks were flooded out of their homes due to federal and local incompetence and prevented from returning home to help rebuild. That African Americans continue to succeed under any terms at all under these conditions should be the subject of great wonder. Black people should be angry.