Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril Among the Black Middle Class

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The one black doctor who lives in an exclusive white suburb and the few African American lawyers who work at a large firm are not representative of the black middle class overall. The geography of Groveland is typical of black middle-class areas, which often sit as a kind of buffer between core black poverty areas and whites. Contrary to popular discussion, the black middle class has not out-migrated to unnamed neighborhoods outside of the black community. The mix of residents in Groveland and in Chicago's predominantly black South Side defines the experiences and exposures of black middle-class youth. Middle-income black families fill the residential gap between the neighborhoods that house middle-class whites and the neighborhoods where poor African Americans live. The black middle class is connected to the black poor through friendship and kinship ties, as well as geographically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInequality in the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationA Reader
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780429968372
ISBN (Print)9780429499821
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril Among the Black Middle Class'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this