I have surmised for some time it will take a return to overt and blatant racism to force the black community into doing for self...as we had done historically in this country prior to the last 40 years. See the recent supreme court decisions for indications of where we're headed. It might be painful, but sometimes you have to take your medicine to get healthy. As soon as the black middle class feels the same squeeze from racism as the poor currently do, we will have no choice but to change our tactics. We are fully capable of doing so, but we have become too conditioned to making reflexive, pavlonian appeals for justice and equal treatment (i.e. begging) from the same folks who've setup the system to our disadvantage. The "THEY" we talk about who isn't giving us X,Y and Z is code for the white power structure. Our most gifted thinkers still running around whining about "white supremacy", while the intellectuals from other ethnic groups propose strategies that are snatching power from the european and producing tangible results for their people (i.e. chinese, east indian, south americans, etc). Complaining that white political institutions, government entities or private enterprises dont serve the best interests of black people is supremely illogical. Why should they? Do they OWE us equal treatment? What, you mean you think they really believe in their own laws? Sheeeeyyyiiiii....Time out on all these excuses. If black kids can't read in all-black schools then BLACK people ARE the problem and BLACK people ARE the solution. Immediately after deseg you had a flood of black students coming from all-black environments go up in white schools and compete heads up, toe-to-toe, no remedial BS, and did so in the face of overt hostility. Now you wanna tell me black kids can't read unless there are enough white folks in close proximity? Nah, I don't buy it. Resegregation could be the best thing thats happened to black people in 40 years if we ever got around to making ourselves the center of our own universe.