How does color relate to poverty? Both sides of the color line correlate poverty with color and there are various theories. Some think black culture is at fault (Bill Cosby's recent comments). Others see white racism as the active barrier to black prosperity. Genunine racists blame inferior black genes as the cause of poverty. Some people think that with harder work or better education the entire class of poor black can raise themselves up economically. All of these theories are wrong. Our system is stacked against ANYBODY in the lowest economic level rising out of that level. The reason is RENT. As soon as poor people earn more money, the rent goes up. If every poor person worked twice as hard, landlords would simply raise the rent to devour the extra money. This kind of system keeps poor people poor. African-Americans are on the bottom of the economic pyramid because they started at the bottom. You can't start any lower than an emancipated slave who has no land and no money to buy land. The newly freed slaves were force by necessity to go with hat in hand to their former masters to rent land to make a living. The former slave masters found that being a landlord was easier and made them more money than slave owning. All they had to do was rake in the rents and if their tenant couldn't pay he was evicted so somebody else could take his place. Land reform is the first reform in securing economic justice. The way to do it is to tax land values at 100% of annual value. This will have the effect of making land expensive to invest in but cheap to use. Then ecomomic opportunity will finally be open to all.