The 'comments' offered up by the NY Times readership (since removed, unfortunately) were insightful, too. Many offered ways that a family's narrative, encompassing both triumphs and rough patches (the latter always overcome with fortitude & diligence, of course
,) could be turned into a tapestry for resilience; a construct with which contemporary members could be a part of something bigger with attendant demands & expectations and self confidence. Others saw the author's hypothesis to confuse the dynamic of causation with mere correlation of a succession of events..
One commenter remarked how nearly impossible it becomes for an African American, culturally deprived youth to break free of the mantra of victim hood, blaming others, limited accountability, not trying, imbued by his society's leadership. (Rev. Jackson and Sharpton). If their story line were skewed just a half turn, spun a little differently to them, might their background be stripped of the racism of low expectations and achievement and advancement realized? Who knows...good grist for the mill however.
regards to all,
Edited by Rogerstar1, 21 March 2013 - 09:16 AM.